Journal Article (Refereed)
Deformed wing virus; the main suspect in unexplained honeybee deaths worldwide.
Martin, S 2012, 'Deformed wing virus; the main suspect in unexplained honeybee deaths worldwide.', Virulence.
The unexplained collapse of the honeybee Apis mellifera continues to fascinate both the scientific and mainstream media alike. This is mainly due to the worldwide importance of honeybees in ecological and commercial sectors. We recently reported how the ectoparasitic Varroa mite, has aletered the viral landscape by decreasing the genetic diversity while increasing the prevalence of a particular virus species, deformed wing virus (DWV). Here we explain why DWV is now the most likely candidate responsible for the majority of the colony losses that have occurred across the world during the past 50 years.