Monoterpenoids as possible control agents for Varroa destructor

Carol Fassbinder-Orth, Justin Grodnitzky, Joel Coats

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Abstract

The use of plant-derived monoterpenoids for control of Varroa destructor, a destructive ectoparasite of the honey bee, Apis mellifera, was investigated in laboratory bioassays and autumn field treatments. Twelve monoterpene derivatives were analysed through fumigation bioassays. Linalyl acetate, (R)-myrtenyl acetate, (S)-perillyl acetate, and thymyl acetate exhibited high toxicities toward V. destructor (mean LC50 = 0.05) and significantly lower toxicities toward A. mellifera (mean LC50 = 0.95). Due to their demonstration of species-selective toxicity, these four acetates were chosen for field trials. In the field trials, all four monoterpenoid-treated groups were statistically significantly different from the control group in reduction of V. destructor infestation, yielding a 51-64% reduction of V. destructor when compared with the control group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Apicultural Research
Volume41
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Varroa destructor
monoterpenoids
acetates
toxicity
Apis mellifera
lethal concentration 50
field experimentation
bioassays
ectoparasites
fumigation
honey bees
chemical derivatives
autumn

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Monoterpenoids as possible control agents for Varroa destructor. / Fassbinder-Orth, Carol; Grodnitzky, Justin; Coats, Joel.

In: Journal of Apicultural Research, Vol. 41, No. 3-4, 2002, p. 83-88.

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Fassbinder-Orth, Carol ; Grodnitzky, Justin ; Coats, Joel. / Monoterpenoids as possible control agents for Varroa destructor. In: Journal of Apicultural Research. 2002 ; Vol. 41, No. 3-4. pp. 83-88.
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