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Research Project: Using Genetics to Improve the Breeding and Health of Honey Bees

Location: Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research

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

Green biomanufacturing of edible antiviral therapeutics for managed pollinators Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ricigliano, V.A., Mcmenamin, A., Martin, A.M., Adjaye, D.F., Simone-Finstrom, M., Rainey, V.P. 2024. Green biomanufacturing of edible antiviral therapeutics for managed pollinators. NPJ Sustainable Agriculture. 2:Article4. https://doi.org/10.1038/s44264-024-00011-7.

A systems approach to honey bee health: multiple stressors everywhere all at once - (Peer Reviewed Journal)

Temperature, strip age, exposure surface area affect the outcomes of testing for amitraz resistance in Varroa destructor Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rinkevich Jr, F.D. 2024. Temperature, strip age, exposure surface area affect the outcomes of testing for amitraz resistance in Varroa destructor. Journal of Apicultural Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2024.2314420.

Quantitative trait loci mapping for survival of virus infection and virus levels in honey bees Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lu, R.X., Bhatia, S., Simone-Finstrom, M., Rueppell, O. 2023. Quantitative trait loci mapping for survival of virus infection and virus levels in honey bees. Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meegid.2023.105534

Common signatures of selection reveal target loci for breeding across soybean populations Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gomes Viana, J., Avalos, A., Zhang, Z., Nelson, R., Hudson, M. 2024. Common signatures of selection reveal target loci for breeding across soybean populations. The Plant Genome. e20426. https://doi.org/10.1002/tpg2.20426.

Effects of ingested essential oils and propolis extracts on honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) health and gut microbiota Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ewert, A.M., Simone-Finstrom, M., Read, Q.D., Husseneder, H., Ricigliano, V.A. 2023. Effects of ingested essential oils and propolis extracts on honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) health and gut microbiota. Journal of Insect Science. 23/6. https://doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/iead087.

Thinking inside the box: restoring the propolis envelope facilitates honey bee social immunity Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Shanahan, M., Simone-Finstrom, M., Tokarz, P.G., Rinkevich Jr, F.D., Read, Q.D., Spivak, M. 2024. Thinking inside the box: restoring the propolis envelope facilitates honey bee social immunity. PLOS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0291744.

Efficacy of a microalgal feed additive in commercial honey bee colonies used for crop pollination Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Mcmenamin, A., Weiss, M., Meikle, W.G., Ricigliano, V.A. 2023. Efficacy of a microalgal feed additive in commercial honey bee colonies used for crop pollination. ACS Agricultural Science and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsagscitech.3c00082.

Potassium ion channels as a druggable target to inhibit viral replication in honey bees Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Fellows, C., Simone-Finstrom, M., Anderston, T., Swale, D. 2023. Potassium ion channels as a druggable target to inhibit viral replication in honey bees. Virology. 20(134):1-17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12985-023-02104-0.

Effects of honey bee queen exposure to Deformed wing virus-A on queen and juvenile infection and colony strength metrics Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lang, S., Simone-Finstrom, M., Healy, K. 2023. Effects of honey bee queen exposure to Deformed wing virus-A on queen and juvenile infection and colony strength metrics. Journal of Apicultural Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2023.2284034.

Single-cell dissection of a collective behaviour in honeybees Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Traniello, I.M., Bukhari, S.A., Dibaeinia, P., Serrano, G., Avalos, A., Ahmed, A.C., Sankey, A., Hernaez, M., Sinha, S., Zhao, S.D., Catchen, J., Robinson, G.E. 2023. Single-cell dissection of a collective behaviour in honeybees. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 2:1-25. https://doi.org/10.3389/finsc.2022.998310.

Transcriptomic analysis of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) queen brain reveals that gene expression is affected by pesticide exposure during development Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dickey, M., Walsh, E.M., Shepherd, T.F., Medina, R.F., Tarone, A., Rangel, J. 2023. Transcriptomic analysis of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) queen brain reveals that gene expression is affected by pesticide exposure during development. PLOS ONE. 18(4):e0284929. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0284929.

Temperature affects assessment of amitraz resistance in Varroa destructor Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)

Confirmation of the Y215H mutation in the ß2-octopamine receptor in Varroa destructor is associated with contemporary cases of amitraz resistance in United States Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rinkevich Jr, F.D., Moreno-Marti, S., Hernandez-Rodriguez, C.S., Gonzalez-Cabrera, J. 2023. Confirmation of the Y215H mutation in the ß2-octopamine receptor in Varroa destructor is associated with contemporary cases of amitraz resistance in United States. Pest Management Science. pp.1-6. https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.7461.

Rough hives stimulate propolis production in support of bee health Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Simone-Finstrom, M., Shanahan, M., Read, Q.D., Spivak, M. 2023. Rough hives stimulate propolis production in support of bee health. Bee Culture. https://doi.org/10.55406/ABRC.22

Hangry bees: Pollen deprivation affects temper in Pol-line honey bees (Apis mellifera) Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Walsh, E.M., Simone-Finstrom, M., Avalos, A., Ihle, K.E., Lau, P.W. 2023. Hangry bees: Pollen deprivation affects temper in Pol-line honey bees (Apis mellifera). Bee Culture. https://doi.org/10.55406/ABRC.23.

When delicate brood makes for strong colonies - (Popular Publication)

Resin use and social immunity in honey bees and stingless bees - (Book / Chapter)

Baton Rouge scientist spotlight - (Trade Journal)
Walsh, E.M. 2023. Baton Rouge scientist spotlight. Bee Culture. 1.

Genetic stock affects expression patterns of the multifunctional gene Vitellogenin in honey bee workers Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ihle, K.E. 2023. Genetic stock affects expression patterns of the multifunctional gene Vitellogenin in honey bee workers. Journal of Apicultural Research. p. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2023.2166231.

Fine-scale assessment of Chlorella syrup as a nutritional supplement for honey bee colonies Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dostalkova, S., Kodrik, D., Simone-Finstrom, M., Petrivalsky, M., Danihlik, J. 2022. Fine-scale assessment of Chlorella syrup as a nutritional supplement for honey bee colonies. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 10(1028037):1-12. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2022.1028037.

Russian honey bee genotype identification through enhanced marker panel set Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Avalos, A., Bilodeau, A.L. 2022. Russian honey bee genotype identification through enhanced marker panel set. Frontiers in Insect Science. 2:998310. https://doi.org/10.3389/finsc.2022.998310.

Uses and benefits of algae as a nutritional supplement for honey bees Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Nichols, B.J., Ricigliano, V.A. 2022. Uses and benefits of algae as a nutritional supplement for honey bees. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 6:1005058. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2022.1005058.

Viral species differentially influence macronutrient preferences based on honey bee genotype Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Penn, H., Simone-Finstrom, M., De Guzman, L.I., Tokarz, P.G., Dickens, R.D. 2022. Viral species differentially influence macronutrient preferences based on honey bee genotype. Biology Open. 11(10):bio059039. https://doi.org/10.1242/bio.059039.

Metabolomics-guided comparison of pollen and microalgae-based artificial diets in honey bees Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ricigliano, V.A., Cank, K.B., Todd, D.A., Knowles, S.L., Oberlies, N.H. 2022. Metabolomics-guided comparison of pollen and microalgae-based artificial diets in honey bees. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jafc.2c02583.

The story so far on amitraz resistance in Varroa - (Trade Journal)
Rinkevich Jr, F.D., MacFawn, D. 2022. The story so far on amitraz resistance in Varroa. Bee Culture. pg. 1-6. https://www.beeculture.com/the-story-so-far/.

Honey bee genetic stock determines DWV symptom severity but not viral load or dissemination following pupal exposure Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Penn, H., Simone-Finstrom, M., Chen, Y., Healy, K.B. 2022. Honey bee genetic stock determines DWV symptom severity but not viral load or dissemination following pupal exposure. Frontiers in Genetics. 13:909392. https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2022.909392.

Colony-level viral load influences collective foraging in honey bees Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Penn, H., Simone-Finstrom, M., De Guzman, L.I., Tokarz, P.G., Dickens, R.D. 2022. Colony-level viral load influences collective foraging in honey bees. Frontiers in Insect Science. 2:894482. https://doi.org/10.3389/finsc.2022.894482.

A derived honey bee stock confers resistance to Varroa destructor and associated viral transmission Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
O'Shea-Wheller, T.A., Rinkevich Jr, F.D., Danka, R.G., Simone-Finstrom, M., Tokarz, P.G., Healy, K.B. 2022. A derived honey bee stock confers resistance to Varroa destructor and associated viral transmission. Scientific Reports. 12(1). Article 4852. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-08643-w.

Impact of multiple selective breeding programs on genetic diversity in soybean germplasm Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gomes Viana, J.P., Fang, Y., Avalos, A., Song, Q., Nelson, R., Hudson, M.E. 2022. Impact of multiple selective breeding programs on genetic diversity in soybean germplasm. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 135(5):1591–1602. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00122-022-04056-5.

Context-dependent viral transgenerational immune priming in honey bees (Hymenoptera: apidae) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lang, S.A., Simone-Finstrom, M., Healy, K. 2022. Context-dependent viral transgenerational immune priming in honey bees (Hymenoptera: apidae). Journal of Insect Science. 22(1):19. https://doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/ieac001.

Effects of different artificial diets on commercial honey bee colony performance, health biomarkers, and gut microbiota Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ricigliano, V.A., Williams, S.T., Oliver, R. 2022. Effects of different artificial diets on commercial honey bee colony performance, health biomarkers, and gut microbiota. BMC Veterinary Research. 18(52):1-14. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-022-03151-5.

Differential expression of three dopamine receptors in varroa-resistant honey bees Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Bilodeau, A.L., Beaman, G.D. 2022. Differential expression of three dopamine receptors in varroa-resistant honey bees. Journal of Insect Science. 22(1):1-5. https://doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/ieab109.

Genetic diversity and structure in a closed breeding system of Russian honey bees Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Bilodeau, A.L. 2022. Genetic diversity and structure in a closed breeding system of Russian honey bees. Journal of Economic Entomology. 115(2):682-687. https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toab266.

Amitraz resistance, a concern in the U.S. too - (Trade Journal)
Rinkevich Jr, F.D., Nicot, E., Giraud, F. 2021. Amitraz resistance, a concern in the U.S. too. La Sante de l'Abeille. 306:573-577.

Impact of honey bee migratory management on pathogen loads and immune gene expression is affected by complex interactions with environment, worker life history, and season Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Simone-Finstrom, M., Strand, M.K., Tarpy, D.R., Rueppell, O. 2022. Impact of honey bee migratory management on pathogen loads and immune gene expression is affected by complex interactions with environment, worker life history, and season. Journal of Insect Science. 22(1):17. https://doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/ieab096.

Host genotype and tissue type determine DWV infection intensity Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Penn, H., Simone-Finstrom, M., Lang, S.A., Chen, Y., Healy, K. 2021. Host genotype and tissue type determine DWV infection intensity. Frontiers in Insect Science. 1:1-12. Article: 756690. https://doi.org/10.3389/finsc.2021.756690.

Social apoptosis in Varroa mite resistant western honey bees (Apis mellifera) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ihle, K.E., De Guzman, L.I., Danka, R.G. 2022. Social apoptosis in Varroa mite resistant western honey bees (Apis mellifera). Journal of Insect Science. 22(1):13. https://doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/ieab087.

Parallel mechanisms of visual memory formation across distinct regions of the honey bee brain Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Avalos, A., Traniello, I.M., Perez Claudio, E., Giray, T. 2021. Parallel mechanisms of visual memory formation across distinct regions of the honey bee brain. Journal of Experimental Biology. 224(19):jeb242292. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.242292.

Nutrigenetic comparison of two Varroa-resistant honey bee stocks fed pollen and spirulina microalgae Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ricigliano, V.A., Ihle, K.E., Williams, S.T. 2021. Nutrigenetic comparison of two Varroa-resistant honey bee stocks fed pollen and spirulina microalgae. Apidologie. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13592-021-00877-3.

A scientific note defining allelic nomenclature standards for the highly diverse complementary sex-determiner (csd) locus in honey bees. Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Bilodeau, A.L., Elsik, C. 2021. A scientific note defining allelic nomenclature standards for the highly diverse complementary sex-determiner (csd) locus in honey bees.. Apidologie. 58:749-754. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13592-021-00861-x.

A rapid fabrication methodology for payload modules, piloted for the observation of queen honeybee (Apis mellifera) in microgravity Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Smith, R., Kraemer, F., Bader, C., Smith, M., Weber, A., Simone-Finstrom, M., Wilson-Rich, N., Oxman, N. 2021. A rapid fabrication methodology for payload modules, piloted for the observation of queen honeybee (Apis mellifera) in microgravity. Gravitational and Space Research. 9:104-114. https://doi.org/10.2478/gsr-2021-0008.

Genetic variation of Ascosphaera apis and colony attributes do not explain chalkbrood disease outbreaks in Australian honey bees Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gerdts, J., Roberts, J., Simone-Finstrom, M., Ogbourne, S., Tuccie, J. 2021. Genetic variation of Ascosphaera apis and colony attributes do not explain chalkbrood disease outbreaks in Australian honey bees. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 180:107540. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jip.2021.107540.

Effects of aversive conditioning on expression of physiological stress in honey bees (apis mellifera) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Black, T.E., Fofah, O., Dinges, C., Ortiz-Alvarado, C.A., Avalos, A., Ortiz-Alvarado, Y., Abramson, C.I. 2021. Effects of aversive conditioning on expression of physiological stress in honey bees (apis mellifera). Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 178:107363. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2020.107363.

Honey bee proteome responses to plant and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) diets Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ricigliano, V.A., Dong, C., Richardson, L.T., Donnarummar, F., Williams, S.T., Solouki, T., Murrary, K.K. 2020. Honey bee proteome responses to plant and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) diets. ACS Food Science and Technology. 1:1-10. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsfoodscitech.0c00001.

Genome-wide patterns of differentiation within and across U.S. commercial honey bee stocks Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Saelao, P., Simone-Finstrom, M., Avalos, A., Bilodeau, A.L., Danka, R.G., De Guzman, L.I., Rinkevich Jr, F.D., Tokarz, P.G. 2020. Genome-wide patterns of differentiation within and across U.S. commercial honey bee stocks. BMC Genomics. 21:1-12. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12864-020-07111-x.

Differences in larval pesticide tolerance and esterase activity across honey bee (Apis mellifera) stocks Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Milone, J.P., Rinkevich Jr, F.D., McAfee, A., Foster, L.J., Tarpy, D. 2020. Differences in larval pesticide tolerance and esterase activity across honey bee (Apis mellifera) stocks. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 206:111213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2020.111213.

Genome-wide patterns of genetic differentiation within and across U.S. commercial honey bee stocks Reprint Icon - (Proceedings)
Saelao, P., Simone-Finstrom, M., Avalos, A., Bilodeau, A.L., Danka, R.G., De Guzman, L.I., Rinkevich Jr, F.D. 2020. Genome-wide patterns of genetic differentiation within and across U.S. commercial honey bee stocks. Insects. 11(6):362. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11060362.

Probing the honey bee diet-microbiota-host axis using pollen restriction and organic acid feeding Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ricigliano, V.A., Anderson, K.E. 2020. Probing the honey bee diet-microbiota-host axis using pollen restriction and organic acid feeding. Insects. 11(5):1-14. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11050291.