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Apidologie

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 220–223 | Cite as

A scientific note on first detection of Kashmir bee virus in Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in South America

  • Gustavo Riveros
  • Nolberto Arismendi
  • Nelson Zapata
  • Guy Smagghe
  • Marta Rodríguez
  • Marcos Gerding
  • Marisol Vargas
Scientific note
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The honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) is considered an important pollinator for many agricultural crops and other non-domesticated plant species worldwide (Potts et al. 2010). Similar to other agricultural-based countries, beekeeping is an important activity in Chile, not only because it provides pollination services for fruit and seed production, but also because it exports honey bee products to other countries. Although there is not enough published information about the mortality of colonies in Chile, beekeepers have undergone an increasing loss of colonies in recent years. Possible causes for these losses are still unclear, but these mortalities coincide with recent honey bee colony losses around the world (Neumann and Carreck 2010).

Several pathogens, including honey bee viruses, have been involved in honey bee colony collapse disorder (Cox-Foster et al. 2007). Currently, about 24 viruses have been identified in honey bees worldwide. Although some of these viruses produce...

Keywords

KBV honey bee real-time PCR virus prevalence 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was supported by Grants FONDECYT N° 1140653 from the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, CONICYT, Chile.

Contributions

MV conceived this research; GR, performed experiments and analysis; GR, NA, NZ, and GS participated in the design and interpretation of the data; MR and MG participated in collection of bee samples. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustavo Riveros
    • 1
  • Nolberto Arismendi
    • 1
  • Nelson Zapata
    • 2
  • Guy Smagghe
    • 3
  • Marta Rodríguez
    • 4
  • Marcos Gerding
    • 4
  • Marisol Vargas
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratories of Virology and Bee Pathology, Faculty of AgronomyUniversidad de ConcepciónChillánChile
  2. 2.Departament of Plant Production, Faculty of AgronomyUniversidad de ConcepciónChillánChile
  3. 3.Faculty of Bioscience EngineeringUniversity of GhentGhentBelgium
  4. 4.Centro de Producción de Insectos Benéficos BioBichos LtdaChillánChile

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