Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

1 citation
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Background Managed, feral and wild populations of European honey bee subspecies, Apis mellifera, are currently facing severe colony losses globally. There is consensus that the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor, that switched hosts from the Eastern honey bee...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3956
141 downloads
1,425 views

Background The 152 extant species of kissing bug include important vectors of the debilitating, chronic, and often fatal Chagas disease, which affects several million people mainly in Central and South America. An understanding of the natural hosts of this speciose...

["Entomology","Molecular Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3826
157 downloads
731 views

Phytochemicals produced by plants, including at flowers, function in protection against plant diseases, and have a long history of use against trypanosomatid infection. Floral nectar and pollen, the sole food sources for many species of insect pollinators, contain...

["Ecology","Entomology","Parasitology","Plant Science","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3297
1 citation
214 downloads
1,226 views

Contemporary patterns of land use and global climate change are modifying regional pools of parasite host species. The impact of host community changes on human disease risk, however, is difficult to assess due to a lack of information about zoonotic parasite host...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Entomology","Parasitology","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3152
3 citations
220 downloads
644 views

Background Aedes albopictus is an aggressive invasive mosquito species that represents a serious health concern not only in tropical areas, but also in temperate regions due to its role as vector of arboviruses. Estimates of mosquito biting rates are essential...

["Entomology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2998
221 downloads
718 views

Background The genotype-phenotype interactions among traits governing feeding preference are of fundamental importance to behavioral genetics and evolutionary biology. The genetic basis of behavioral traits has been explored in different taxa using different approaches....

["Entomology","Molecular Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2598
7 citations
713 downloads
2,334 views

In recent years, many pollinators have declined in abundance and diversity worldwide, presenting a potential threat to agricultural productivity, biodiversity and the functioning of natural ecosystems. One of the most debated factors proposed to be contributing...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Entomology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1808
2 citations
211 downloads
849 views

Chalcid wasps (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) are probably the most effective and abundant parasitoids of the horse chestnut leaf miner (Cameraria ohridella), an alien pest in Europe that lacks specialized enemies. We studied how the species richness and abundance...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Entomology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1592
5 citations
463 downloads
1,548 views

Sacbrood virus (SBV) and Deformed wing virus (DWV) are evolutionarily related positive-strand RNA viruses, members of the Iflavirus group. They both infect the honeybee Apis mellifera but have strikingly different levels of virulence when transmitted orally. Honeybee...

["Entomology","Genomics","Microbiology","Parasitology","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1591
212 downloads
1,193 views

The enemy release hypothesis (ERH) predicts that the spread of (invasive) species will be facilitated by release from their enemies as they occupy new areas. However, the ERH is rarely tested on native (non-invasive, long established) species with expanding or...

["Ecology","Entomology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1415
2 citations
1,198 downloads
6,407 views

There is currently a great deal of concern about population declines in pollinating insects. Many potential threats have been identified which may adversely affect the behaviour and health of both honey bees and bumble bees: these include pesticide exposure, and...

["Agricultural Science","Entomology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1413
5 citations
402 downloads
1,954 views

Background. Blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are important disease vectors in the United States, known to transmit a variety of pathogens to humans, including bacteria, protozoa, and viruses. Their importance as a disease vector necessitates reliable and comparable...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Molecular Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1147
160 downloads
965 views

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common in animals and plants, and frequently impair individual fertility. Theory predicts that natural selection will favour behaviours that reduce the chance of acquiring a STI. We investigated whether an STI, Coccipolipus...

["Animal Behavior","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1148
3 citations
192 downloads
862 views

Thermal physiology of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) is a critical aspect of field performance and fitness. Thermal limits for survival and activity, and the ability of these limits to adjust (i.e., show phenotypic flexibility) depending on recent thermal history,...

["Agricultural Science","Entomology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1023
7 citations
643 downloads
2,739 views

Since its introduction in France 10 years ago, the yellow-legged Asian bee-hawking hornet Vespa velutina has rapidly spread to neighboring countries (Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, and Germany), becoming a new threat to beekeeping activities. While introduced...

["Agricultural Science","Entomology","Environmental Sciences","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.947

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