IAPV, a bee-affecting virus associated with colony collapse disorder can be silenced by dsRNA ingestion

E. Maori, N. Paldi, S. Shafir, H. Kalev, E. Tsur, E. Glick, I. Sela*

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Abstract

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been associated with Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV). CCD poses a serious threat to apiculture and agriculture as a whole, due to the consequent inability to provide the necessary amount of bees for pollination of critical crops. Here we report on RNAi-silencing of IAPV infection by feeding bees with double-stranded RNA, as an efficient and feasible way of controlling this viral disease. The association of CCD with IAPV is discussed, as well as the potential of controlling CCD.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalInsect Molecular Biology
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

Keywords

  • Bees
  • CCD
  • IAPV
  • Ingestion
  • Silencing

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