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Research Project: Genetics and Breeding in Support of Honey Bee Health

Location: Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)

A short communication on the invasive success of small hive beetles in honey bee colonies with screen and solid bottom boards Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
De Guzman, L.I., Frake, A.M. 2019. A short communication on the invasive success of small hive beetles in honey bee colonies with screen and solid bottom boards. Journal of Apicultural Research. 34(4):279-283. https://doi:/10.17519/apiculture.2019.11.34.4.279

Understanding mechanisms of differential tolerance to deformed wing infection in honey bees - (Abstract Only)

Optimizing the Benefits of Propolis to Honey Bee Health in Beekeeping Operations - (Abstract Only)

Feeding by Tropilaelaps mercedesae on pre- and post-capped brood increases damages to Apis mellifera colonies Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Phokasem, P., De Guzman, L.I., Khongphinitbunjong, K., Frake, A.M., Chantawannakul1, P. 2019. Feeding by Tropilaelaps mercedesae on pre- and post-capped brood increases damages to Apis mellifera colonies. Scientific Reports. 9:01-12.

Propolis Reprint Icon - (Book / Chapter)
Spivak, M., Simone-Finstrom, M. 2019. Propolis. Int: Starr C. (eds) International Union for the Study of Scial Insects Congress. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90306-4_134-1.

Association between density of honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) foragers and fruit set in commercial fields of rabbiteye blueberries in Louisiana and Mississippi Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., Sampson, B.J., Villa, J.D. 2019. Association between density of honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) foragers and fruit set in commercial fields of rabbiteye blueberries in Louisiana and Mississippi. Journal of Economic Entomology. 112(3):1322-1326. https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toz005.

Comb irradiation has limited, interactive effects on colony performance or pathogens in bees, Varroa destructor and wax based on two honey bee stocks Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
De Guzman, L.I., Simone-Finstrom, M., Frake, A.M., Tokarz, P.G. 2019. Comb irradiation has limited, interactive effects on colony performance or pathogens in bees, Varroa destructor and wax based on two honey bee stocks. Insects. 10(1):1-20. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects10010015.

Genome of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida, Coleoptera: Nitidulidae), a worldwide parasite of social bee colonies, provides insights into detoxification and herbivory Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Evans, J.D., McKenna, D., Scully, E.D., Cook, S.C., Dainat, B., Egekwu, N.I., Grubbs, N., Lopez, D.L., Lorenzen, M., Reyna, S.M., Rinkevich Jr, F.D., Neumann, P., Huang, Q. 2018. Genome of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida, Coleoptera: Nitidulidae), a worldwide parasite of social bee colonies, provides insights into detoxification and herbivory. Gigascience. 7(12):1-16. https://doi.org/10.1093/gigascience/giy138.

Hygienic behaviour selection via freeze-killed honey bee brood not associated with chalkbrood resistance in eastern Australia Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gerdts, J., Dewar, R.L., Simone-Finstrom, M., Edwards, T., Angove, M. 2018. Hygienic behaviour selection via freeze-killed honey bee brood not associated with chalkbrood resistance in eastern Australia. PLoS One. 13(11):1-13.

Larval pollen stress increases adult susceptibility to clothianidin in honey bees Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Mogren, C.L., Danka, R.G., Healy, K.B. 2019. Larval pollen stress increases adult susceptibility to clothianidin in honey bees. Insects. 01-10. https://10.3390/insects10010021.

Pollinator health: Integrating ecological, genetic and physiological factors - (Abstract Only)

Advances in honeybee drone sperm quality assays Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Jenkins, J.A., De Guzman, L.I. 2018. Advances in honeybee drone sperm quality assays. Animal Reproduction Science. 194:e22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anireprosci.2018.04.049.

Supplemental carbohydrates influence abiotic stress resistance in honey bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)

Effects of comb irradiation on colony performance, varroa mite population, and viral load in bees, varroa mites and wax - (Abstract Only)

The Tropilaelaps mites threat: Observations of their reproductive success Reprint Icon - (Proceedings)
De Guzman, L.I., Phokasem, P., Khongphinitbunjong, K., Frake, A.M., Chantawannakul, P. 2018. The Tropilaelaps mites threat: Observations of their reproductive success. American Bee Research Conference Proceedings. 95(2):47-72. 10.1080/0005772X.2018.1450208.

The Tropilaelaps mites threat: An examination of the injuries inflicted on Apis mellifera Reprint Icon - (Proceedings)
Phokasem, P., De Guzman, L.I., Frake, A.M., Khongphinitbunjong, K., Chantawannakul, P. 2018. The Tropilaelaps mites threat: An examination of the injuries inflicted on Apis mellifera. American Bee Research Conference Proceedings. 95(2):47-72. 10.1080/0005772X.2018.1450208.

Differential responses to DWV infection in honey bees: A case of tolerance or resistance? Reprint Icon - (Proceedings)
Simone-Finstrom, M. 2018. Differential responses to DWV infection in honey bees: A case of tolerance or resistance?. Bee World. 95(2):47-72. 10.1080/0005772X.2018.1450208.

So what are these acronyms I’ve never heard of before?: ABRC at AAPA 2018 - (Trade Journal)
Nino, E.L., Simone-Finstrom, M. 2018. So what are these acronyms I’ve never heard of before?: ABRC at AAPA 2018. American Bee Journal. 158(5):515-518.

Evaluations of the removal of Varroa destructor in Russian honey bee colonies that display different levels of Varroa Sensitive Hygienic activities Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kirrane, M.J., De Guzman, L.I., Frake, A.M., Rinderer, T.E., Whelan, P.M. 2018. Evaluations of the removal of Varroa destructor in Russian honey bee colonies that display different levels of Varroa Sensitive Hygienic activities. Journal of Insect Behavior. doi.org/10.1007/s10905-018-9672-2.

Honey bee queens do not count mates to assess their mating success - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Simone-Finstrom, M., Tarpy, D.R. 2018. Honey bee queens do not count mates to assess their mating success. Journal of Insect Behavior. 31(2):200-209. doi: 10.1007/s10905-018-9671-3.

Successful reproduction of unmated Tropilaelaps mercedesae and its implication on mite population growth in Apis mellifera colonies - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
De Guzman, L.I., Phokasem, P., Khongphinitbunjong, K., Frake, A.M., Chantawannakul, P. 2018. Successful reproduction of unmated Tropilaelaps mercedesae and its implication on mite population growth in Apis mellifera colonies. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 153:35-37.

Gamma irradiation inactivates honey bee fungal, microsporidian, and viral pathogens and parasites - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Simone-Finstrom, M., Aronstein, K.A., Goblirsch, M., Rinkevich Jr, F.D., De Guzman, L.I. 2018. Gamma irradiation inactivates honey bee fungal, microsporidian, and viral pathogens and parasites. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 153:57-64.

Comparative flight activities and pathogen load of two stocks of honey bees reared in gamma-irradiated combs - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
De Guzman, L.I., Frake, A.M., Simone-Finstrom, M. 2017. Comparative flight activities and pathogen load of two stocks of honey bees reared in gamma-irradiated combs. Insects. 8, 127. doi:10.3390/insects8040127

Repeatability of measurements of removal of mite-infested brood to assess Varroa Sensitive Hygiene Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Villa, J.D., Danka, R.G., Harris, J.W. 2017. Repeatability of measurements of removal of mite-infested brood to assess Varroa Sensitive Hygiene. Journal of Apicultural Research. 56(5):631-634. https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2017.1369707.

Tracking the genetic stability of a honeybee breeding program with genetic markers - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Bourgeois, A.L., Beaman, G.D. 2017. Tracking the genetic stability of a honeybee breeding program with genetic markers. Journal of Economic Entomology. 110(4):1419-1423.

An abbreviated SNP panel for ancestry assignment of honeybees (Apis mellifera) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Chapman, N.C., Bourgeois, A.L., Beaman, G.D., Lim, J., Harpur, B.A., Zayed, A., Allsopp, M.H., Rinderer, T.E., Oldroyd, B.P. 2017. An abbreviated SNP panel for ancestry assignment of honeybees (Apis mellifera). Apidologie. doi:10.1007/s13592-017-0522-6.

Inducible versus constitutive immunity: Examining effects of colony infection on glucose oxidase and Defensin-1 production in honey bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lopez-Uribe, M.M., Fitzgerald, A., Simone-Finstrom, M. 2017. Inducible versus constitutive immunity: Examining effects of colony infection on glucose oxidase and Defensin-1 production in honey bees. Royal Society Open Science. 4:170224. doi:10.1098/rsos170224.

Propolis counteracts some threats to honey bee health - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Simone-Finstrom, M., Borba, R.S., Wilson, M.B., Spivak, M. 2017. Propolis counteracts some threats to honey bee health. Insects. 8(2):46. doi:10.3390/insects8020046.

American Bee Research Conference 2017: A short report - (Trade Journal)
Nino, E.L., Simone-Finstrom, M. 2017. American Bee Research Conference 2017: A short report. Bee Culture. 5:62-63.

Social immunity and the superorganism: Behavioral defenses protecting honey bee colonies from pathogens and parasites - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Simone-Finstrom, M. 2017. Social immunity and the superorganism: Behavioral defenses protecting honey bee colonies from pathogens and parasites. Bee World. 94(1):21-29. doi:10.1080/0005772X.2017.1307800.

Evaluating the effects of mosquito control adulticides on honey bees - (Proceedings)
Healy, K.B., Ottea, J., Walker, T., Rinkevich Jr, F.D., Margotta, J., Pokhrel, V., Vaeth, R., Hoffman, C., Fritz, B., Danka, R.G. 2017. Evaluating the effects of mosquito control adulticides on honey bees. Bee World. 93(4):107-127.

Limited impacts of truck-based ultra-low volume applications of mosquito adulticides on mortality in honey bees (Apis mellifera) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rinkevich Jr, F.D., Margotta, J.W., Pohkrel, V., Ottea, J.A., Healy, K.B., Walker, T.W., Vaeth, R.H., Aldridge, R.L., Fritz, B.K., Danka, R.G., Rinderer, T.E., Hoffmann, W.C., Linthicum, K. 2017. Limited impacts of truck-based ultra-low volume applications of mosquito adulticides on mortality in honey bees (Apis mellifera). Bulletin of Entomological Research. 107(6):724-733. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007485317000347.

Glucose oxidase production does not increase after colony infection: Testing its role in honey bee social immunity - (Proceedings)
Lopez-Uribe, M.M., Simone-Finstrom, M. 2017. Glucose oxidase production does not increase after colony infection: Testing its role in honey bee social immunity. Bee World. 93(4):104-127.

Influence of Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) infestation levels and management practices on insecticide sensitivity in the honey bee (Apis mellifera) - (Proceedings)
Rinkevich Jr, F.D., Danka, R.G., Healy, K.B. 2017. Influence of Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) infestation levels and management practices on insecticide sensitivity in the honey bee (Apis mellifera). Bee World. 93(4):104-127.

Influence of varroa mite (Varroa destructor) infestation levels and management practices on insecticide sensitivity in the honey bee (Apis mellifera) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rinkevich Jr, F.D., Danka, R.G., Healy, K.B. 2017. Influence of varroa mite (Varroa destructor) infestation levels and management practices on insecticide sensitivity in the honey bee (Apis mellifera). Insects. 8(1),9. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects8010009.

Ecology, life history and management of tropilaelaps mites - (Review Article)
De Guzman, L.I., Williams, G.R., Khongphinitbunjonge, K., Chantawannakul, P. 2017. Ecology, life history and management of tropilaelaps mites. Journal of Economic Entomology. 110(2):319-332. https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/tow304.

Genetic diversity confers colony-level benefits due to individual immunity - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Simone-Finstrom, M., Walz, M., Tarpy, D.R. 2016. Genetic diversity confers colony-level benefits due to individual immunity. Biology Letters. 12:20151007. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2016.1007

Responses of Varroa-resistant honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) to Deformed wing virus - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Khongphinitbunjong, K., De Guzman, L.I., Rinderer, T.E., Tarver, M.R., Frake, A.M., Chen, Y., Chantawannaku, P. 2016. Responses of Varroa-resistant honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) to Deformed wing virus. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology. 19:921-927.

Migratory management and environmental conditions affect lifespan and oxidative stress in honey bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Simone-Finstrom, M., Li-Byarlay, H., Huang, M.H., Strand, M.K., Rueppell, O., Tarpy, D.R. 2016. Migratory management and environmental conditions affect lifespan and oxidative stress in honey bees. Scientific Reports. 6:1-10. doi:10.1038/srep32023.

Standard methods for Apis mellifera propolis research - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Bankova, V., Bertelli,, D., Borba, R., Conti, B., Cunha, I., Danert, C., Eberlin, M., Falcão, S., Isla, M., Moreno, M., Papotti, G., Popova, M., Santiago, K., Salas, A., Sawaya, A., Schwab, N., Sforcin, J., Simone-Finstrom, M., Spivak, M., Trusheva, B., Vilas-Boas, M., Wilson, M., Zampini, C. 2016. Standard methods for Apis mellifera propolis research. Journal of Apicultural Research. doi:10.1080/00218839.2016.1222661.

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) drones survive oxidative stress due to increased tolerance instead of avoidance or repair of oxidative damage - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Li-Byarlay1, H., Huang, M., Simone-Finstrom, M., Strand, M.K., Tarpy, D.R., Rueppell, O. 2016. Honey bee (Apis mellifera) drones survive oxidative stress due to increased tolerance instead of avoidance or repair of oxidative damage. Experimental Gerontology 83:15-21.

Water requirements of the fungus Ascosphaera apis, and spatial analysis of growth rate as an illustration of predicting favorable conditions in a honey bee pathogen-colony model - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yoder, J.A., Nelson, B.W., Main, L.R., Lorenz, A.L., Jajack, A., Aronstein, K.A. 2016. Water requirements of the fungus Ascosphaera apis, and spatial analysis of growth rate as an illustration of predicting favorable conditions in a honey bee pathogen-colony model. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. pg. 1-9.

Pteridine levels and head weights are correlated with age and colony task in the honey bee, Apis mellifera Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rinkevich Jr, F.D., Margotta, J.W., Pittman, J.M., Ottea, J.A., Healy, K.B. 2016. Pteridine levels and head weights are correlated with age and colony task in the honey bee, Apis mellifera. PeerJ. 4:e2155. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2155.

Current status of small hive beetle infestation in the Philippines Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Cercancia, C.R., De Guzman, L.I., Polintan, E.A., Locsin, A.A. 2016. Current status of small hive beetle infestation in the Philippines. Journal of Apicultural Research. DOI: 10.1080/00218839.2016.1194053.

Evaluation of Apis mellifera syriaca Levant Region honeybee conservation using Comparative Genome Hybridization - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Haddad, N.J., Batainh, A.M., Saini, D., Migdadi, O.S., Aiyaz, M., Manchiganti, R., Krishnamurthy, V., Al-Shagour, B., Brake, M., Bourgeois, A.L., De Guzman, L.I., Rinderer, T.E., Alhamuri, Z. 2016. Evaluation of Apis mellifera syriaca Levant Region honeybee conservation using Comparative Genome Hybridization. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. doi: 10.107/s10709-016-9897-y

Honey bee stock genotypes do not affect the level of physiological responses to chalkbrood fungus, Ascosphaera apis. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Aronstein, K.A., Colby, D.M., Boykin, D.L. 2016. Honey bee stock genotypes do not affect the level of physiological responses to chalkbrood fungus, Ascosphaera apis. Journal of BIOMICS 8(1):1-19.

Selecting honey bees for worker brood that reduces the reproduction of Varroa destructor - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Villa, J.D., Danka, R.G., Harris, J.W. 2016. Selecting honey bees for worker brood that reduces the reproduction of Varroa destructor. Apidologie ISSN: 0044-8435 (Print), 1297-9678 (On-line).

Defending the hive: social mechanisms complement individual immunity in honey bees - (Abstract Only)
Simone-Finstrom, M. 2016. Defending the hive: social mechanisms complement individual immunity in honey bees. International Congress of Entomology. https://esa.confex.com/esa/ice2016/meetingapp.cgi.

Genomic mapping and candidate genes as approaches to MAS of VSH - (Abstract Only)
Bourgeois, A.L. 2016. Genomic mapping and candidate genes as approaches to MAS of VSH. International Congress of Entomology. https://esa.confex.com/esa/ice2016/meetingapp.cgi.

Comparing the flight activities of workers from two stocks of honey bees (Apis mellifera) raised in gamma-irradiated combs using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology - (Abstract Only)
De Guzman, L.I., Frake, A.M., Simone-Finstrom, M. 2016. Comparing the flight activities of workers from two stocks of honey bees (Apis mellifera) raised in gamma-irradiated combs using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. International Congress of Entomology. https://esa.confex.com/esa/ice2016/meetingapp.cgi.

Status of breeding and use of Russian and VSH bees world-wide - (Abstract Only)
Danka, R.G. 2016. Status of breeding and use of Russian and VSH bees world-wide. International Congress of Entomology. https://esa.confex.com/esa/ice2016/meetingapp.cgi.

Validation of genetic markers associated with chalkbrood resistance - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Aronstein, K.A., Colby, D.M., Holloway, B.A. 2015. Validation of genetic markers associated with chalkbrood resistance. Trends in Entomology. 11:47-53.

Selection of VSH-derived Pol-line honey bees and evaluation of their Varroa-resistance characteristics - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., Harris, J.W., Dodds, G.E. 2015. Selection of VSH-derived Pol-line honey bees and evaluation of their Varroa-resistance characteristics. Apidologie 47(3):483-490.

Parasites, pathogens, and pests of honeybees in Asia - (Review Article)
Chantawannakul, P., De Guzman, L.I., Li, J., Williams, G.R. 2015. Pests, pathogens, and parasites of honey bees in Asia. Apidologie 47(3):301-324

Genetics, synergists, and age affect insecticide sensitivity of the honey bee, Apis mellifera - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rinkevich, F.D., Margotta, J.W., Pittman, J., Danka, R.G., Tarver, M.R., Ottea, J.A., Healy, K.B. 2015. Genetics, synergists, and age affect insecticide sensitivity of the honey bee, Apis mellifera. PLoS One. doi:10.1371/journal/pone.0139841.

Assessing Patterns of Admixture and Ancestry in Canadian Honey Bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)

Hybrid origins of Australian honey bees (Apis mellifera) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Chapman, N.C., Harpur, B.A., Rinderer, T.E., Alisopp, M.H., Zayed, A., Oldroyd, B.P. 2015. Hybrid origins of Australian honey bees (Apis mellifera). Apidologie 47(1):26-34

Tropilaelaps mercedesae and Varroa destructor: prevalence and reproduction in concurrently infested Apis mellifera colonies - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Buawangpong, N., De Guzman, L.I., Khongphinitbunjong, K., Frake, A.M., Burgett, M., Chantawannakul, P. 2015. Tropilaelaps mercedesae and Varroa destructor: prevalence and reproduction in concurrently infested Apis mellifera colonies. Apidologie doi: 10:1007/s13592-015-0368-8.

Prevalence and reproduction of Tropilaelaps mercedesae and Varroa destructor in concurrently infested Apis mellifera colonies - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Buawangpong, N., De Guzman, L.I., Khongphinitbunjong, K., Frake, A.M., Burgett, M., Chantawannakul, P. 2015. Prevalence and reproduction of Tropilaelaps mercedesae and Varroa destructor in concurrently infested Apis mellifera colonies. Apidologie 46(6):779-786

Phenotypic and genetic analyses of the Varroa Sensitive Hygienic trait in Russian Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kirrane, M.J., De Guzman, L.I., Holloway, B.A., Frake, A.M., Rinderer, T.E., Whelan, P.M. 2015. Phenotypic and genetic analyses of the Varroa Sensitive Hygienic trait in Russian Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies. PLoS One. 10:0116672,doi:10.1371.

Brood removal influences fall of Varroa destructor (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) in honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
De Guzman, L.I., Rinderer, T.E., Frake, A.M., Kirrane, M. 2016. Brood removal influences fall of Varroa destructor (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) in honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies. Journal of Apicultural Research. 54(3):216-225. https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2015.1117294.

Infectivity and virulence of Nosema ceranae and Nosema apis in commercially available North American honey bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Huang, W., Solter, L., Aronstein, K.A., Huang, Z. 2015. Infectivity and virulence of Nosema ceranae and Nosema apis in commercially available North American honey bees. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 124:107-113.

Differential viral levels and immune gene expression in three stocks of Apis mellifera induced by different numbers of Varroa destructor - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Khongphinitbunjong, K., De Guzman, L.I., Tarver, M.R., Rinderer, T.E., Chen, Y., Chantawannakul, P. 2014. Differential viral levels and immune gene expression in three stocks of Apis mellifera induced by different numbers of Varroa destructor. Journal of Insect Physiology. 72:28-34.