Prevalence of pathogenic bee viruses in Hungarian apiaries: Situation before joining the European Union

Petra Forgách, Tamás Bakonyi, Zsuzsanna Tapaszti, Norbert Nowotny, Miklós Rusvai

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A survey on the occurrence of six honeybee-pathogenic viruses was carried out using one-step RT-PCR assays. Samples were collected between 1999 and 2004 in 52 Hungarian apiaries located in different regions of the country. The results of the assays on samples of adult honeybees and Varroa destructor mites were compared to similar surveys from France and Austria. The study demonstrates geographical differences in the prevalence of honeybee viruses between Hungary and the older EU member states. The results could serve as a basis for monitoring further changes in the distribution of honeybee viruses in Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-238
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Invertebrate Pathology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008



  • Acute bee paralysis virus
  • Apis mellifera
  • Black queen cell virus
  • Chronic bee paralysis virus
  • Deformed wing virus
  • Honeybee
  • Kashmir bee virus
  • RT-PCR
  • Sacbrood virus
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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