RNA sequencing Abstract The Asian honeybee Apis cerana is one of two bee species that have been commercially kept with immense economic value. Here we present the analysis of genomic sequence and transcriptomic exploration for A. The genome and RNA-seq data yield new insights into the behavioral and physiological resistance to the parasitic mite Varroa the evolution of antimicrobial peptides, and the genetic basis for labor division in A. Comparison of genes between the two sister species revealed genes specific to A.
Keep an eye out for Asian honey bees Keep an eye out for Asian honey bees 30 May Territorians are encouraged to report sightings of unusual bees to the Department of Primary Industry and Resources following the recent detection of a swarm of Asian honey bees in Karama, a northern suburb of Darwin. Asian honey bees are a significant threat to Australian and Northern Territory NT honey and pollination industries because they could carry bee pests and diseases such as the varroa mite which feeds on bees. Asian honey bees are: yellow and dark brown with black body stripes and legs similar to the common European honey bees, but approximately 5mm smaller when swarming, they move in very tight clusters that range from the size of a closed hand to that of a basketball more aggressive than European bees and more likely to sting. The department is also urging bird enthusiasts to report the sunset movements of rainbow bee-eaters. Bee-eaters move collectively to their single roost tree shortly before dusk. By tracking the roosts, pellets can be collected to monitor for the presence of honey bee species.
There are eight recognized subspecies of Apis cerana, including Apis cerana cerana and Apis cerana indica. Both Apis cerana cerana and Apis cerana indica are managed for honey production and crop pollination, similarly to how western honey bees, Apis mellifera L. Apis cerana is a natural host to two major honey bee pests, Varroa destructor and Nosema ceranae, both of which also infect Apis mellifera. Furthermore, Apis cerana has expanded beyond it native range and there is particular concern about its spread into Australia. Figure 1.
A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities. And the flow of Chinese honey continues despite assurances from the Food and Drug Administration and other federal officials that the hundreds of millions of pounds reaching store shelves were authentic and safe following the widespread arrests and convictions of major smugglers over the last two years. Experts interviewed by Food Safety News say some of the largest and most long-established U.