Conclusive Evidence of Replication of a Plant Virus in Honeybees Is Lacking

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2014-05-27
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Carrillo-Tripp, Jimena
Dolezal, Adam
Toth, Amy
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Miller, W. Allen
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Bonning, Bryony
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Entomology

The Department of Entomology seeks to teach the study of insects, their life-cycles, and the practicalities in dealing with them, for use in the fields of business, industry, education, and public health. The study of entomology can be applied towards evolution and ecological sciences, and insects’ relationships with other organisms & humans, or towards an agricultural or horticultural focus, focusing more on pest-control and management.

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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.

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This article is from mBio 5 (2014): e00985-14, doi:10.1128/mBio.00985-14.

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