Chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) in South American non-Apis bees


Chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) is a positive single-stranded RNA virus that exhibits a worldwide distribution. Although the effects of this virus on honeybees’ health are well known, its presence in other bee species has not been fully studied. In this work, CBPV was detected in several native bees from Argentina, including Bombus pauloensis, Halictillus amplilobus, Peponapis fervens, and members of the genus Xylocopa. Here, we report for the first time the presence of CBPV in native bees from South America.

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This research was supported by FONCyT (PICT 2015-1045 granted to SQ., and PICTs 2012-0851 and 2016-0289 granted to SP). The authors would like to thank the Institute of Analysis Fares Taie, CONICET, and the UNMdP for financial support.

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Fernandez de Landa, G., Revainera, P., Brasesco, C. et al. Chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) in South American non-Apis bees. Arch Virol 165, 2053–2056 (2020).

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