Effective reproduction

Comparing data on the reproduction of Varroa destructor

M. H. Corrêa-Marques, Medina, L. Medina, Martin, S. J., and De Jong, D., Comparing data on the reproduction of Varroa destructor, vol. 2, pp. 1-6, 2003.

Varroa destructor reproductive success is considered an important character for determining the resistance of honey bees to this mite parasite. However, most of the published data are not comparable due to the different methods of ascertaining and reporting reproduction. A recently published technique that involves reconstructing mite families in older worker brood gives repeatable and reliable parameters. This methodology was used to compare various categories of reproduction of approximately 1,000 V.

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