University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
UNIABDN has over 20 years’ experience with external parasites, including ticks, poultry mites, sea lice, cat fleas and Varroa mites. Specifically for the proposed project UNIABDN has experience in Varroa saliva collection and analysis, microdissection of Varroa, transcriptomics of Varroa (ESTs, RNAseq), gene knockdown in Varroa, in vitro feeding of Varroa and microinjection of Varroa.
Within SMARTBEES, the main contributions of UNIABDN will be in the following work packages:
WP8 – Elucidating and enhancing honeybee resistance mechanisms to parasitic diseases:
- Determining the role of salivary factors in the bee DWV-Varroa axis using proteomic, transcriptomic and gene-knockdown approaches
WP9 – Determining the present and future pathogen threats:
- Assessing genetic changes in DWV as it moves from Insecta to Acari environments in vivo
- Establishing the propagation of DWV in Acarine cell lines and determining the DWV mutant cloud in vitro