Infestation levels of Varroa destructor in local honey bees of Jordan

  • To determine Varroa mite infestation levels in Jordan, a survey covering 180 colonies of two bee types (Apis m. syriaca and Apis m. syriaca hybrids) from six locations of 4 climatic zones was conducted during August, 8 month after the last treatment. Sampled colonies had 8-10 frames covered with bees and 3-4 brood frames. Levels of infestation were determined on both adult worker bees and in sealed worker brood cells. Two-way ANOVA showed no significant differences due to bee type with average adult bee infestation of 10.9 % and 13.1 % on hybrid and local bee types, respectively. Average infestation levels in sealed brood worker cells were 37.6 % and 32.5 % in hybrid and local bee types, respectively. Differences in infestation levels on adult bees were significant due to location and ranged between 6.9 - 18.6 % in Daba’a (Desert climate) and Jerash (Dry Mediterranean), respectively. In sealed worker brood cells infestation levels ranged between 15.7 - 84.7 % in Baqa (Dry Mediterranean) and Jerash, respectively. This indicates clearly that the usual scheduled Varroa control practice by a single chemical treatment in autumn could be insufficient. Therefore, to prevent damages or even losses of colonies, including diagnosis of infestation rates as part of integrated Varroa management is highly recommended.

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Author:Yehya Zaki Khalid al- AlattalORCiDGND, Peter RosenkranzGND, Claus Paul Walter ZebitzGND
Parent Title (German):Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Angewandte Entomologie
Publisher:Deutsche Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Angewandte Entomologie
Place of publication:Gießen
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2008/08/13
Year of first Publication:2006
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/08/13
Tag:Apis mellifera syriaca; Jordan; Varroa destructor; mite fertility; post-capping period
Page Number:5
First Page:321
Last Page:325
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Angewandte Entomologie / Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Angewandte Entomologie, Band 15 (2006)
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht