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Adv Virus Res. 2007;70:33-80.

Honey bee viruses.

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USDA-ARS, Bee Research Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland 20705, USA. judy.chen@ars.usda.gov

Abstract

Viruses are significant threats to the health and well-being of the honey bee, Apis mellifera. To alleviate the threats posed by these invasive organisms, a better understanding of bee viral infections will be of crucial importance in developing effective and environmentally benign disease control strategies. Although knowledge of honey bee viruses has been accumulated considerably in the past three decades, a comprehensive review to compile the various aspects of bee viruses at the molecular level has not been reported. This chapter summarizes recent progress in the understanding of the morphology, genome organization, transmission, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of honey bee viruses as well as their interactions with their honey bee hosts. The future prospects of research of honey bee viruses are also discussed in detail. The chapter has been designed to provide researchers in the field with updated information about honey bee viruses and to serve as a starting point for future research.

PMID:
17765703
DOI:
10.1016/S0065-3527(07)70002-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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