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Varroa destructor changes its cuticular hydrocarbons to mimic new hosts

Overview of attention for article published in Biology Letters, June 2015
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Title
Varroa destructor changes its cuticular hydrocarbons to mimic new hosts
Published in
Biology Letters, June 2015
DOI 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0233
Pubmed ID
Authors

Y. Le Conte, Z. Y. Huang, M. Roux, Z. J. Zeng, J.-P. Christidès, A.-G. Bagnères

Abstract

Varroa destructor (Vd) is a honeybee ectoparasite. Its original host is the Asian honeybee, Apis cerana, but it has also become a severe, global threat to the European honeybee, Apis mellifera. Previous studies have shown that Varroa can mimic a host's cuticular hydrocarbons (HC), enabling the parasite to escape the hygienic behaviour of the host honeybees. By transferring mites between the two honeybee species, we further demonstrate that Vd is able to mimic the cuticular HC of a novel host species when artificially transferred to this new host. Mites originally from A. cerana are more efficient than mites from A. mellifera in mimicking HC of both A. cerana and A. mellifera. This remarkable adaptability may explain their relatively recent host-shift from A. cerana to A. mellifera.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 1 3%
Austria 1 3%
Unknown 37 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 23%
Researcher 9 23%
Student > Master 7 18%
Student > Bachelor 6 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 8%
Other 5 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 28 72%
Environmental Science 5 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 5%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 1 3%
Unspecified 1 3%
Other 2 5%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 77. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 August 2015.
All research outputs
#73,295
of 6,302,768 outputs
Outputs from Biology Letters
#165
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Outputs of similar age
#3,435
of 172,884 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Biology Letters
#8
of 68 outputs
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