Honeybee virus spread by human activity

February 11, 2016

From: Nature

Nature 530, 132 (11 February 2016) doi:10.1038/530132a 
Published online 10 February 2016

The commercial trade in honeybees has helped to spread a deadly bee virus around the globe over the past century.

Stephen Martin, Univ. Salford

Deformed wing virus reduces the winter survival of European honeybees (Apis mellifera), and could be a factor in the large colony losses seen in some parts of the world. To find out how the virus became pandemic, Lena Wilfert at the University of Exeter, UK, and her colleagues analysed the virus’s genome to reconstruct its evolutionary and geographical history. The team found that the virus has spread from Europe in the past c…

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