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A Brief Overview on the Application, Potential Exposure Routes, and the Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on the Honey Bee Pest Varroa Mite

A Brief Overview on the Application, Potential Exposure Routes, and the Effects of Neonicotinoid... The aim of this study was to assess the potential harmful effects of neonicotinoids inside honey bee colonies and especially on the honey bee pest, Varroa destructor. This paper shortly summarized previous studies which investigated the toxicity of neonicotinoids to honey bees. The possible exposure routes of these insecticides to Varroa mites inside and outside bee colonies were studied. And finally, the link between the adverse effects of neonicotinoids and Varroa mite life cycle in the brood cells and the influence of these chemicals on the mites inside bee colonies were investigated. It was concluded that the application of neonicotinoid insecticides on a variety of agricultural crops may result in the exposure of honey bees to these chemicals and as a consequence, Varroa mites (parasites living inside bee colonies) also got exposed to these insecticides indirectly. The present study re-emphasized on ecotoxicological attempts assessing the risk of these insecticides to honey bees as well as on ecological and behavioral aspects of their application inside bee colonies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Proceedings of the Zoological Society Springer Journals

A Brief Overview on the Application, Potential Exposure Routes, and the Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on the Honey Bee Pest Varroa Mite

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © Zoological Society, Kolkata, India 2019
Subject
Life Sciences; Life Sciences, general; Zoology; Animal Anatomy / Morphology / Histology; Animal Genetics and Genomics; Biodiversity; Conservation Biology/Ecology
ISSN
0373-5893
eISSN
0974-6919
DOI
10.1007/s12595-019-00305-6
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the potential harmful effects of neonicotinoids inside honey bee colonies and especially on the honey bee pest, Varroa destructor. This paper shortly summarized previous studies which investigated the toxicity of neonicotinoids to honey bees. The possible exposure routes of these insecticides to Varroa mites inside and outside bee colonies were studied. And finally, the link between the adverse effects of neonicotinoids and Varroa mite life cycle in the brood cells and the influence of these chemicals on the mites inside bee colonies were investigated. It was concluded that the application of neonicotinoid insecticides on a variety of agricultural crops may result in the exposure of honey bees to these chemicals and as a consequence, Varroa mites (parasites living inside bee colonies) also got exposed to these insecticides indirectly. The present study re-emphasized on ecotoxicological attempts assessing the risk of these insecticides to honey bees as well as on ecological and behavioral aspects of their application inside bee colonies.

Journal

Proceedings of the Zoological SocietySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 20, 2020

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