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Research Project: Managing Honey Bees Against Disease and Colony Stress

Location: Bee Research Laboratory

Title: Sacbrood virus: a growing threat to honeybees and wild pollinators

item CHEN, GON WEN - Zhejiang University
item CAO, LIANFEI - Zhejiang Academy Of Agricultural Sciences
item FENG, YE - Zhejiang University
item Chen, Yanping - Judy
item ZHENG, HUO QING - Zhejiang University

Submitted to: Viruses
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/22/2022
Publication Date: 8/25/2022
Citation: Chen, G., Cao, L., Feng, Y., Chen, Y., Zheng, H. 2022. Sacbrood virus: a growing threat to honeybees and wild pollinators. Viruses. 14:1871.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Sacbrood virus (SBV) is one of the many viruses that infect both the Western honeybee (Apis mellifera) and the Eastern honeybee (Apis cerana). Recently, the interspecies transmission of SBV has been discovered, especially amongwild pollinators. This newly discovered evolutionary event in relation to the SBV indicates that ithas a much wider host range than previously believed, causing further concern about the future sustainability of agriculture and the resilience of ecosystems. Over the past few decades, vast amounts of researches have been undertaken in relation to SBV infection in honeybees; consequently, remarkable progress has been made in terms of our understanding of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, transmission, and manifestations of the infection with SBV in honey bees and other pollinators. In this review, we summarize the existing state of knowledge on the SBV's genome organization, distribution, host range, epidemiology, transmission, pathogenesis, diagnostics, and management strategies. We also address the gaps in the knowledge within the existing literature in the hope of providing future directions for research and development of management strategies for controlling the spread of this deadly disease.