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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Managing Diseases and Pests of Honey Bees to Improve Queen and Colony Health Title: Standard methods for small hive beetle research

Authors
item Neumann, Peter -
item Evans, Jay
item Pettis, Jeffery
item Pirk, Christian -
item Schafer, Marc -
item Tanner, Gina -
item Ellis, James -

Submitted to: Journal of Apicultural Research
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: October 30, 2013
Publication Date: December 5, 2013
Citation: Neumann, P., Evans, J.D., Pettis, J.S., Pirk, C.W., Schafer, M.O., Tanner, G., Ellis, J.D. 2013. Standard methods for small hive beetle research. Journal of Apicultural Research. 52(4):1-32.

Technical Abstract: Small hive beetles, Aethina tumida, are parasites and scavengers of honey bee and other social bee colonies native to sub-Saharan Africa, where they are a minor pest only. In contrast, the beetles can be harmful parasites of European honey bee subspecies. Very rapidly after A. tumida established populations outside of its endemic range, the devastating effect of this beetle under suitable climatic conditions prompted an active research effort to better understand and control this invasive species. Over a decade, A. tumida has spread almost over the entire USA and across the east coast of Australia. Although comparatively few researchers have worked with this organism, a diversity of research methods emerged using sets of diverse techniques to achieve the same goal. The diversity of methods made the results difficult to compare, thus hindering our understanding of this parasite. Here, we provide easy-to-use protocols for the collection, identification, diagnosis, rearing, and for experimental essays of A. tumida. We hope that these methods will be embraced as standards by the community when designing and performing research on A. tumida.

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