Conclusive Evidence of Replication of a Plant Virus in Honeybees Is Lacking
The recent article by Li et al. (1) lacks adequate evidence to support the authors’ assertion that a plant virus propagates or replicates in honeybees. Instead, it is possible that tobacco ringspot virus (TRSV) virions associate with the honeybee and parasitic Varroa mites in the absence of TRSV replication.
This article is from mBio 5 (2014): e00985-14, doi:10.1128/mBio.00985-14.