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New options for Integrated Pest Management of Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae) in colonies of Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae) under Canadian Prairie conditions

  • Author / Creator
    Vandervalk, Lynae P
  • Varroa destructor Anderson & Truman 2000 (Acari: Varroidae) is an ectoparasite of Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae) that is managed using the strategy of Integrated Pest Management to prevent A. mellifera colony mortality. New miticides for the Integrated Pest Management of V. destructor were investigated under laboratory and field conditions. The commercial miticide formulations Apollo®, Floramite®, Forbid®, and Shuttle® caused significant mortality of V. destructor under laboratory conditions, and are candidates for further investigation in colonies of A. mellifera. Field testing of miticides in colonies indicated that Apivar® and formic acid continue to provide effective V. destructor management, that Thymovar® use should be limited to the fall treatment window, and that alteration of the current delivery system is necessary for the new miticide HopGuard™. The results for the laboratory and field trials demonstrate the potential for new effective treatment options to supplement currently used V. destructor Integrated Pest Management systems.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3J34C
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science
  • Specialization
    • Plant Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Lloyd Dosdall (Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science)
    • Medhat Nasr (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Maya Evenden (Biological Sciences)
    • Andrew Keddie (Biological Sciences)