Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details

Journal of Apicultural Science

The Journal of Research Institute of Horticulture and Apicultural Research Association

2 Issues per year


IMPACT FACTOR 2015: 0.571
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.779

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.392
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.470
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.694

Open Access
Online
ISSN
2299-4831
See all formats and pricing

A Europe-Wide Experiment for Assessing the Impact of Genotype-Environment Interactions on the Vitality and Performance of Honey Bee Colonies: Experimental Design and Trait Evaluation

Cecilia Costa
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
/ Ralph Büchler
  • LLH, Bee Institute, Erlenstrasse 9, 35274 Kirchhain, Germany
/ Stefan Berg
  • Bee Division, Bayerische Landesanstalt für Weinbau und Gartenbau, An der Steige 15, 97209 Veitshöchheim, Germany
/ Malgorzata Bienkowska
  • Apiculture Division, Research Institute of Horticulture, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland
/ Maria Bouga
  • Laboratory of Agricultural Zoology and Entomology, Agricultural University of Athens, 75 Iera Odos St., Athens 11855 Greece
/ Dragan Bubalo
  • Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Svetosimunska 25, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
/ Leonidas Charistos
  • Hellenic Institute of Apiculture (N.AG.RE.F.), N. Moudania, Greece
/ Yves Le Conte
  • INRA, UMR 406 Abeilles et Environnement, Laboratoire Biologie et Protection de l'abeille, Site Agroparc, Avignon, France
/ Maja Drazic
  • Croatian Agricultural Agency, Ilica 101, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
/ Winfried Dyrba
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • Bee Breeding Centre Bantin, Dorfstrasse 50, 19246 Bantin, Germany
/ Janja Fillipi
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • The University of Applied Sciences "Marko Marulic" in Knin, Knin, Croatia
/ Fani Hatjina
  • Hellenic Institute of Apiculture (N.AG.RE.F.), N. Moudania, Greece
/ Evgeniya Ivanova
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • Department of Developmental Biology, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
/ Nikola Kezic
  • Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Svetosimunska 25, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
/ Hrisula Kiprijanovska
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • Faculty for Agricultural Science and Food, Bul. Aleksandar Makedonski B.B., 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
/ Michalis Kokinis
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • Veterinary Centre of Vasilika, Region of Central Macedonia, Greece
/ Seppo Korpela
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • MTT, Agrifood Research Finland, 31600 Jokioinen, Finland
/ Per Kryger
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • DJF, Research Centre Flakkebjerg, University of Aarhus, 4200 Slagelse, Denmark
/ Marco Lodesani
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
/ Marina Meixner
  • LLH, Bee Institute, Erlenstrasse 9, 35274 Kirchhain, Germany
/ Beata Panasiuk
  • Apiculture Division, Research Institute of Horticulture, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland
/ Hermann Pechhacker
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • Austrian Carnica Association, Sulzbach 1, 3293 Lunz am See, Austria
/ Plamen Petrov
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • Agricultural University of Plovdiv, 12, Mendeleev Str, Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria
/ Eugenia Oliveri
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • Department of Agro-Environmental Systems, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Edificio 4, 90128 Palermo, Italy
/ Lauri Ruottinen
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • MTT, Agrifood Research Finland, 31600 Jokioinen, Finland
/ Aleksandar Uzunov
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
  • Faculty for Agricultural Science and Food, Bul. Aleksandar Makedonski B.B., 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
/ Giacomo Vaccari
  • CRA-API, Bee and Silkworm Research Unit, Via di Saliceto 80, 40128 Bologna, Italy
/ Jerzy Wilde
  • LLH, Bee Institute, Erlenstrasse 9, 35274 Kirchhain, Germany
  • Apiculture Division, Warmia and Mazury University, Sloneczna 48, 10-710 Olsztyn, Poland
Published Online: 2012-06-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10289-012-0015-9

A Europe-Wide Experiment for Assessing the Impact of Genotype-Environment Interactions on the Vitality and Performance of Honey Bee Colonies: Experimental Design and Trait Evaluation

An international experiment to estimate the importance of genotype-environment interactions on vitality and performance of honey bees and on colony losses was run between July 2009 and March 2012. Altogether 621 bee colonies, involving 16 different genetic origins of European honey bees, were tested in 21 locations spread in 11 countries. The genetic strains belonged to the subspecies A. m. carnica, A. m. ligustica, A. m. macedonica, A. m. mellifera, A. m. siciliana. At each location, the local strain of bees was tested together with at least two "foreign" origins, with a minimum starting number of 10 colonies per origin. The common test protocol for all the colonies took into account colony survival, bee population in spring, summer and autumn, honey production, pollen collection, swarming, gentleness, hygienic behaviour, Varroa destructor infestation, Nosema spp. infection and viruses. Data collection was performed according to uniform methods. No chemical treatments against Varroa or other diseases were applied during the experiment. This article describes the details of the experiment set-up and the work protocol.

Określenie Wpływu Interakcji Genetyczno-Środowiskowych Na Wydajność I Witalność Rodzin Pszczelich W Europie: Projekt Doswiadczenia I Metodyka Pomiaru Cech

Badania wpływu interakcji genetyczno-srodowiskowych na żywotność pszczół miodnych oraz na straty rodzin pszczelich rozpoczęto w lipcu 2009 roku, a zakończono 31 marca 2012. W ramach międzynarodowych badań obserwowano w 21 pasiekach rozmieszczonych w 11 krajach europejskich, łącznie 621 rodzin pszczelich pochodzących z 16 populacji różnych genetycznie. Były to pszczoły należące do podgatunków: A. m. carnica, A. m. ligustica, A. m. macedonica, A. m. mellifera, A. m. siciliana. W każdej z pasiek porównywano co najmniej 10 rodzin pszczół z populacji lokalnej przynajmniej z dwiema grupami (po 10 rodzin w grupie) populacji "obcych". Badano następujące cechy: przeżywalność pszczół, liczbę pszczół w rodzinach wiosną, latem i jesienią, wydajność miodową i pyłkową, rojliwość, łagodność, zachowanie higieniczne, stopień porażenia przez Varroa, zakażenie Nosema spp, obecność wirusów. We wszystkich rodzinach doświadczalnych zastosowano zunifikowane metody gospodarki pasiecznej i pomiaru cech. W okresie doświadczenia w badanych rodzinach pszczelich nie stosowano żadnych środków leczniczych bez względu na stopień porażenia przez pasożyty czy obecność chorób. W artykule opisano materiał, harmonogram i metodę wykonania badań.

Keywords: genotype-environment interactions; honey bees; vitality; performance; bee subspecies; methodology

Keywords: interakcje genetyczno-środowiskowe; pszczoła miodna; żywotność; wydajność; podgatunki pszczół; metodyka

  • Aizen M. A., Harder L. D. (2009) - The global stock of domesticated honey bees is growing slower than agricultural demand for pollination. Current Biology, 19: 915-918. [Web of Science] [Crossref]

  • Büchler R., Berg S., Kezic, N., Pechhacker, H., Van Praagh, J., Bubalo D., Ritter W., Bienefeld K. (2002) - Survival test without treatment against varroatosis - the island project in Croatia. Apidologie, 33: 493-494.

  • Büchler R., Garrido C., Bienefeld K., Ehrhardt K. (2007) - German honey bee selection program on disease tolerance. Proceedings 40th International Apicultural Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 399.

  • Büchler R., Garrido C., Bienefeld K., Ehrhardt K. (2008) - Selection for Varroa tolerance: concept and results of a long-term selection project. Apidologie, 39(5): 598.

  • Büchler R., Berg S., Le Conte Y. (2010) - Breeding for resistance to Varroa destructor in Europe. Apidologie, 41(3): 393-408. [Web of Science] [Crossref]

  • Chauzat M. P., Carpentier P., Martel A. C., Bougeard S., Cougoule N., Porta P., Lachaize J., Madec F., Aubert M., Faucon J. P. (2009) - Influence of pesticide residues on honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colony health in France. Environ. Entomol. 38: 514-523. [Web of Science] [Crossref] [PubMed]

  • Crane E. (1990) - Bees and Beekeeping. Science, Practice and World resources. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York.

  • Cox-Foster D. L., Conlan S., Holmes E. C., Palacios G., Evans J. D., Moran N. A., Quan P. L., Briese T., Hornig M., Geiser D. M., Martinson V., vanEngelsdorp D., Kalkstein A. L., Drysdale A., Hui J., Zhai J., Cui L., Hutchinson S. K., Simons J.F., Egolm M., Pettis J. S., Lipkin W. I. (2007) - A metagenomic survey of microbes in honey bee colony collapse disorder. Science, 318: 283-287. [Web of Science]

  • De Miranda J. R., Genersch E. (2010) - Deformed Wing Virus. J. Invertebr. Pathol., 103 Suppl.1: 48-61.

  • De Miranda J. R., Cordoni G., Budge G. (2010) - The Acute-Bee-Paralysis Kashmir-Bee-Virus Israeli - Acute - Paralysis - Virus complex. J. Invertebr. Pathol., 103 Suppl. 1: 30-47. [Web of Science]

  • Desneux N., Decourtye A., Delpuech J. M. (2007) - The sublethal effects of pesticides on beneficial arthropods. Annu. Rev. Entomol., 52, 81-106. [PubMed] [Web of Science] [Crossref]

  • Fries I., Bommarco R. (2007) - Possible hostparasite adaptations in honey bees infested by Varroa destructor mites. Apidologie, 38(6): 525-533. [Crossref]

  • Gallai N., Michel Salles J. M., Settele J., Vaissière B. E. (2009) - Economic valuation of the vulnerability of world agriculture confronted with pollinator decline. Ecol. Econom., 68(3): 810-821. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.06.014 [Crossref] [Web of Science]

  • Garrido C., Büchler R., Bienefeld K., Ehrhardt K. (2005) - Breeding for tolerance against Varroosis factors influencing colony survival without treatment in a long-term survey. Proceedings of 39th Apimondia congress, Dublin, 21.-26.08.2005, 76.

  • Harris J. W. (2007) - Bees with Varroasensitive hygiene preferentially remove miteinfested pupae aged ≤ 5 days postcapping. J. Apic. Res., 46(3): 134-139.

  • Harris J. W., Harbo J. R. (2000) - Changes in reproduction of Varroa destructor after honey bee queens were exchanged between resistant and susceptible colonies. Apidologie, 31: 689-699. DOI.org/10.1051/apido:2000153 [Crossref]

  • Higes M., Martin R., Meana A. (2006) - Nosema ceranae, a new microsporidian parasite in honeybees in Europe. J. Invertebr. Pathol., 92: 93-95. [Crossref]

  • Ibrahim A., Spivak M. (2006) - The relationship between hygienic behaviour and suppression of mite reproduction as honey bee (Apis mellifera) mechanisms of resistance to Varroa destructor. Apidologie, 37(1): 31-40. DOI.org/10.1051/apido:2005052 [Crossref]

  • Imdorf A., Buehlmann G., Gerig L., Kilchenmann V., Wille H. (1987) - Überprüfung der Schätzmethode zur Ermittlung der Brutfläche und der Anzahl Arbeiterinnen in freifliegenden Bienenvölkern. Apidologie, 18(2): 137-146. [Crossref]

  • Johnson R. M., Evans J. D., Robinson G. E., Berenboum M. R. (2009) - Changes in transcript abundance relating to colony collapse disorder in honey bees (Apis mellifera). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(35): 14790-14795. [Web of Science]

  • Koeniger N., Schmidt J., Wilde J., Kefuss J., Ducos de Lahitte J. (1995) - Versuche zur Varroatosetoleranz von Bienen aus Uruquay in Europa. Pszczeln. Zesz. Nauk., 39(1): 121-131.

  • Le Conte Y., De Vaublanc G., Crauser D., Jeanne F., Rousselle J. C., Bécard J. M. (2007) - Honey bee colonies that have survived Varroa destructor. Apidologie, 38: 566-572. [Web of Science] [Crossref]

  • Martìn-Hernández R., Meana A., Prieto L., Martìnez Salvador A., Garrido-Bailón E., Higes M. (2007) - Outcome of colonization of Apis mellifera by Nosema ceranae. Appl. Environ. Microb. 73: 6331-6338.

  • Meixner M. D., Costa C., Kryger P., Hatjina F., Bouga M., Ivanova E., Büchler R., (2010) - Conserving diversity and vitality for honey bee breeding. J. Apic. Res., 49(1): 85-92. [Web of Science]

  • Neumann P., Carreck N. L. (2010) - Honey bee colony losses. J. Apic. Res., 49(1): 1-6. DOI: 10.3896/IBRA.1.49.1.01 [Crossref]

  • Nguyen B. K., Saegerman C., Pirard C., Mignon J., Widart J., Thirionet B., Verheggen F. J., Berkvens D., De Pauw E., Haubruge E. (2009) - Does imidacloprid seed-treated maize have an impact on honey bee mortality? J. Econ. Entomol., 102: 616-623. [Crossref] [Web of Science]

  • Potts S. G., Biesmeijer J. C., Kremen C., Neumann P., Schweiger O., Kunin W. E. (2010) - Global pollinator declines: trends, impacts and drivers. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 25: 345-353. [Web of Science]

  • Rinderer T. E., De Guzman L. I., Delatte G. T., Stelzer J. A., Lancaster V. A., Kuznetsov V., Beaman L., Watts R., Harris J. W. (2001) - Resistance to the parasitic mite Varroa destructor in honey bees from far eastern Russia. Apidologie, 31: 381-394. [Crossref]

  • Rinderer T. E., De Guzman L. I., Sylvester H. A. (2004) - Reexamination of the accuracy of a detergent solution for varroa mite detection. Am. Bee J., 144: 560-562.

  • Rosenkranz P., Aumeier P., Ziegelmann B. (2009) - Biology and control of Varroa destructor. J. Invertebr. Pathol., 103, 96-S119.

  • Ruttner H. (1972) - Technical recommendations for methods of evaluating performance of bee colonies. In F. Ruttner, Controlled mating and selection of the honey bee Bucharest, Apimondia, pp. 87-92.

  • Seeley T. D. (2007) - Honey bees of the Arnot forest: a population of feral colonies persisting with Varroa destructor in the northeastern Unites States. Apidologie, 38:19-29. [Crossref] [Web of Science]

  • Siuda M., Wilde J., Koeniger N. (1996) - Further Research on Honeybee Breeding with Short Post-capping Periods. Pszczeln. Zesz. Nauk., 40(2): 135-143.

  • Spivak M. (1996) - Honey bee hygienic behaviour and defence against Varroa jacobsoni. Apidologie, 27: 245-260. [Crossref]

  • Spivak M., Reuter G. S. (2001) - Varroa destructor infestation in untreated honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies selected for hygienic behaviour. J. Econ. Entomol., 94: 326-331. [Crossref]

  • vanEngelsdorp D., Meixner M. D. (2010) - A historical review of managed honey bee populations in Europe and the United States and the factors that may affect them. J. Invertebr. Pathol., 103, 80-95. [Web of Science] [Crossref]

  • Wilde J. (1994) - Hodowla pszczół o skróconym okresie postlarwalnym, odpornych na Varroa jacobsoni Oudemans. [Breeding honey bees for short post-capping period resistant to Varroa jacobsoni Oudemans]. Acta Academiae Agriculturae ac Technicae Olstenensis, Zootechnica, Suplementum B 39: 1-43.

  • Wilde J., Koeniger N. (1992a) - Breeding for a short post-capping period in Apis mellifera carnica worker brood after initial crossing with Apis mellifera capensis. Apidologie, 23(4): 429-431.

  • Wilde J., Koeniger N. (1992b) - Selektion auf Verkürzung der Zellverdeckelungsdauer (ZVD) der Arbeiterinnenbrut von Apis mellifera carnica. Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Skłodowska, Sectio DD, 47(25): 133-136.

About the article


Published Online: 2012-06-19

Published in Print: 2012-06-01


Citation Information: Journal of Apicultural Science, ISSN (Print) 1643-4439, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10289-012-0015-9. Export Citation

This content is open access.

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

[1]
Fani Hatjina, Cecilia Costa, Ralph Büchler, Aleksandar Uzunov, Maja Drazic, Janja Filipi, Leonidas Charistos, Lauri Ruottinen, Sreten Andonov, Marina D Meixner, Malgorzata Bienkowska, Gerula Dariusz, Beata Panasiuk, Yves Le Conte, Jerzy Wilde, Stefan Berg, Maria Bouga, Winfried Dyrba, Hrisula Kiprijanovska, Seppo Korpela, Per Kryger, Marco Lodesani, Hermann Pechhacker, Plamen Petrov, and Nikola Kezic
Journal of Apicultural Research, 2014, Volume 53, Number 2, Page 233

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in