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Museum samples reveal rapid evolution by wild honey bees exposed to a novel parasite

Mikheyev, Alexander; Tin, Mandy M.Y.; Arora, Jatin; Seeley, Thomas D.


Understanding genetic changes caused by novel pathogens and parasites can reveal mechanisms of adaptation and genetic robustness. Using whole-genome sequencing of museum and modern specimens, we describe the genomic changes in a wild population of honey bees in North America following the introduction of the ectoparasitic mite, Varroa destructor. Even though colony density in the study population is the same today as in the past, a major loss of haplotypic diversity occurred, indicative of a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Communications
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8991
Access Rights: Open Access


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