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Behavior Genetics

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 335–344

First Online: 03 February 2017Received: 15 August 2016Accepted: 03 January 2017DOI: 10.1007-s10519-017-9834-6

Cite this article as: Hamiduzzaman, M.M., Emsen, B., Hunt, G.J. et al. Behav Genet 2017 47: 335. doi:10.1007-s10519-017-9834-6


Honey bee Apis mellifera grooming behavior is an important mechanism of resistance against the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. This research was conducted to study associations between grooming behavior and the expression of selected immune, neural, detoxification, developmental and health-related genes. Individual bees tested in a laboratory assay for various levels of grooming behavior in response to V. destructor were also analyzed for gene expression. Intense groomers IG were most efficient in that they needed significantly less time to start grooming and fewer grooming attempts to successfully remove mites from their bodies than did light groomers LG. In addition, the relative abundance of the neurexin-1 mRNA, was significantly higher in IG than in LG, no groomers NG or control bees without mite. The abundance of poly U binding factor kd 68 and cytochrome p450 mRNAs were significantly higher in IG than in control bees. The abundance of hymenoptaecin mRNA was significantly higher in IG than in NG, but it was not different from that of control bees. The abundance of vitellogenin mRNA was not changed by grooming activity. However, the abundance of blue cheese mRNA was significantly reduced in IG compared to LG or NG, but not to control bees. Efficient removal of mites by IG correlated with different gene expression patterns in bees. These results suggest that the level of grooming behavior may be related to the expression pattern of vital honey bee genes. Neurexin-1, in particular, might be useful as a bio-marker for behavioral traits in bees.

KeywordsGrooming behavior Apis mellifera Gene expression Varroa destructor Neurexin, mRNA abundance Edited by Yoon-Mi Hur.

Author: Mollah Md. Hamiduzzaman - Berna Emsen - Greg J. Hunt - Subhashree Subramanyam - Christie E. Williams - Jennifer M. Tsuru

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