New Wasp Virus Threatens Honey Bees

November 16, 2016

From: Telegiz

By Dane Lorica


The sequencing of the MV genome revealed that it is close to slow bee paralysis virus which affects the front limbs of bees.

“The use of next generation gene sequencing techniques has led to a rapid increase in virus discovery, and is a powerful tool for investigating the enormous diversity of viruses out there,” said Gideon Mordecai, author of the study. “MV sequences were also detected in honey bees and Varroa from the same location, suggesting that MV can also infect other hymenopteran and Acari hosts.”

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