Experimental & Applied Acarology

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 87–101 | Cite as

Comparative resistance in Buckfast and Canadian stocks of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) to infestation by honey bee tracheal mites (Acarapis woodi (Rennie))

  • Huarong Lin
  • Gard W. Otis
  • Cynthia Scott-Dupree


The results of bioassay and colony evaluation demonstrated that British and Texas Buckfast honey bee stocks had one-third to one-half the mean prevalence and abundance of tracheal mites as Canadian standard stock, indicating that Buckfast stocks are less susceptible to tracheal mites than Canadian standard stock. Hybrid Canadian and Buckfast stocks exhibited resistance characteristics similar to only one of their parental stocks, suggesting the colony has an unknown effect on the expression of a bee's resistance to mites. A high correlation (rs=0.66) between abundance values from the bioassay and colony evaluations indicates that the bioassay can be used to screen bees for mite resistance.

Key words

Comparative resistance Buckfast honey bees infestation tracheal mites 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huarong Lin
    • 1
  • Gard W. Otis
    • 1
  • Cynthia Scott-Dupree
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental BiologyUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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