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Barbara Locke, Yves Le Conte, Didier Crauser and Ingemar Fries Host adaptations reduce the reproductive success of Varroa destructor in two distinct European honey bee populations Ecology and Evolution 2

Version of Record online: 1 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.248

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European honey bees in two subset populations located in France and Sweden have demonstrated host adaptation to natural infestation levels of the parasitic mite, Varroa destructor. The mite's reproductive success was reduced almost equally in both populations by 30% compared to control colonies but the evolved mechanisms for this host resistance appear to be different between these populations.

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