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Robert G Danka (Bob)
Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research
Research Entomologist

Phone: (225) 767-9294
Fax: (225) 766-9212
1157 BEN HUR RD
BATON ROUGE, LA, 70820-0000

Projects
Genetics and Breeding in Support of Honey Bee Health
Appropriated (D)
  Accession Number: 426305
ASSESSING THE TRANSFER AND ECONOMIC VALUE OF THE MITE-RESISTANCE TRAIT VARROA-SENSITIVE HYGIENE (VSH)
Specific Cooperative Agreement (S)
  Accession Number: 422192
The Effect of Reducing Exposure to Certain Pesticides on Overwintering Ability of Managed Honey Bee Hives
Specific Cooperative Agreement (S)
  Accession Number: 425599

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Functionality of varroa-resistant honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) when used for western U.S. honey production and almond pollination - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rinderer, T.E., Danka, R.G., Bourgeois, A.L., Frake, A.M., Villa, J.D., De Guzman, L.I., Harris, J.W. 2014. Functionality of varroa-resistant honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) when used for western U.S. honey production and almond pollination. Journal of Economic Entomology. 107(2):523-530.
Developing hybrid cotton (Gossypium spp.) using honey bees as pollinators and the Roundup Ready® Phenotype as the selection trait - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zumba, J.X., Myers, G.O., Clawson, E.L., Miller, D.K., Danka, R.G., Blanche, S.B. 2013. Developing hybrid cotton (Gossypium spp.) using honey bees as pollinators and the Roundup Ready® Phenotype as the selection trait. Journal of Cotton Science. 17(4):293-301.
Pollination Research Methods with Apis mellifera - (Book / Chapter)
Delaplane, K.S., Dag, A., Danka, R.G., Freitas, B.M., Garibaldi, L.A., Goodwin, M., Hormaza, J.I. 2013. Pollination Research Methods with Apis mellifera. Journal of Apicultural Research. 52(1)#16. COLOSS BEEBOOK Volume I.
Negative evidence for effects of genetic origin of bees on Nosema ceranae, positive evidence for effects of Nosema ceranae on bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Villa, J.D., Bourgeois, A.L., Danka, R.G. 2013. Negative evidence for effects of genetic origin of bees on Nosema ceranae, positive evidence for effects of Nosema ceranae on bees. Apidologie. 44(1): DOI: 10.1007/s13592-013-0201-1
Varying congruence of hygienic responses to Varroa destructor and freeze-killed brood among different types of honey bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., Harris, J.W., Villa, J.D., Dodds, G.E. 2013. Varying congruence of hygienic responses to Varroa destructor and freeze-killed brood among different types of honey bees. Apidologie. 44(1): DOI: 10.1007/s13592-013-0195-8
Fine mapping for SNP markers associated with VSH behavior - (Abstract Only) - (11-Jan-13)
Varroa destructor: research avenues towards sustainable control - (Review Article)
Danka, R.G., Rinderer, T.E., Spivak, M., Kefuss, J. 2013. Varroa destructor: research avenues towards sustainable control. Journal of Apicultural Research. 52(2):69-71.
High-resolution linkage analyses to identify genes that influence Varroa sensitive hygiene behavior in honey bees. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Tsuruda, J.M., Harris, J.W., Bourgeois, A.L., Danka, R.G., Hunt, G.J. 2012. High-resolution linkage analyses to identify genes that influence Varroa sensitive hygiene behavior in honey bees.. Public Library of Science Biology. 7(11):1-8.
Varroa destructor resistance of honey bees in Hawaii, USA, that express various levels of Varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., Harris, J.W., Villalobos, E. 2012. Varroa destructor resistance of honey bees in Hawaii, USA, that express various levels of Varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH). Journal of Apicultural Research. 51(3):288-290.
Seasonal inconsistencies in the relationship between honey bee longevity in field colonies and laboratory cages - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rinderer, T.E., Danka, R.G., Stelzer, J.A. 2012. Seasonal inconsistencies in the relationship between honey bee longevity in field colonies and laboratory cages. Journal of Apicultural Research. 51(2):218-219.
Functionality of Varroa-Resistant Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: apidae) when used in migratory beekeeping for crop pollination - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., De Guzman, L.I., Rinderer, T.E., Sylvester, H.A., Wagener, C.M., Bourgeois, A.L., Harris, J.W., Villa, J.D. 2012. Functionality of Varroa-Resistant Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: apidae) when used in migratory beekeeping for crop pollination. Journal of Economic Entomology 105(2):313-321.
Changes in infestation, cell cap condition, and reproductive status of Varroa destructor (Mesostigmata: Varrroidae) in brood exposed to honey bees with Varroa sensitive hygiene - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Harris, J.W., Danka, R.G., Villa, J.D. 2012. Changes in infestation, cell cap condition, and reproductive status of Varroa destructor (Mesostigmata: Varrroidae) in brood exposed to honey bees with Varroa sensitive hygiene. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 105(3):512-518.
Genotype x environment interaction, environmental heterogeneity, and the lek paradox - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Greenfield, M.D., Danka, R.G., Gleason, J.M., Harris, B.R., Zhou, Y. 2012. Genotype x environment interaction, environmental heterogeneity, and the lek paradox. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25(4):601-613
Using Single-nucleotide Polymorphisms and Genetic Mapping to find Candidate Genes that Influence Varroa-Specific Hygiene - (Abstract Only)
Tsuruda, J.M., Harris, J.W., Bourgeois, A.L., Danka, R.G., Hunt, G.J. 2011. Using Single-nucleotide Polymorphisms and Genetic Mapping to find Candidate Genes that Influence Varroa-Specific Hygiene. American Bee Journal. 151(5):511.
Expression of varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH) in commercial VSH honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., Harris, J.W., Villa, J.D. 2011. Expression of varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH) in commercial VSH honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Journal of Economic Entomology. 104(3):745-749.
Hygienic Responses to Varroa Destructor by Commercial and Feral Honey Bees from the Big Island of Hawaii Before Exposure to Mites. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., Harris, J.W., Villa, J.D. 2010. Hygienic Responses to Varroa Destructor by Commercial and Feral Honey Bees from the Big Island of Hawaii Before Exposure to Mites. Science of Bee Culture. 2(1):11-14. Supplement to Bee Culture. 138(3).
Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) with the Trait of Varroa Sensitive Hygiene Remove Brood with All Reproductive Stages of Varroa Mites (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Harris, J.W., Danka, R.G., Villa, J.D. 2010. Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) with the Trait of Varroa Sensitive Hygiene Remove Brood with All Reproductive Stages of Varroa Mites (Mesostigmata: Varroidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 103(2):146-152.
Simplified methods of evaluating colonies for levels of Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Villa, J.D., Danka, R.G., Harris, J.W. 2009. Simplified methods of evaluating colonies for levels of Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH). Journal of Apicultural Research 48(3):162-167
Preliminary observations of autumn feeding of USDA-ARS Russian honey bees to enhance performance during almond pollination - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., Beaman, G.D. 2009. Preliminary observations of autumn feeding of USDA-ARS Russian honey bees to enhance flight performance during almond pollination. Science of Bee Culture 1(2):27-30; supplement to Bee Culture 137(2).
Hygienic Activity Toward Varroa Mites in Capped Brood is not Dependent on Mite Reproductive Status - (Abstract Only)
Harris, J.W., Danka, R.G., Villa, J.D. 2009. Hygienic Activity Toward Varroa Mites in Capped Brood is not Dependent on Mite Reproductive Status. American Bee Journal. 149(6):587-588.
Flight activity of 4-lb Australian package bee colonies used for almond pollination. - (Research Notes)
Danka, R.G., Beaman, G.D. 2009. A note on flight activity of 4-lb Australian package-bee colonies used for almond pollination.. Science of Bee Culture 1(2):1-18, supplement to Bee Culture 137(2).
Comparisons of Pollen Substitute Diets for Honey bees: Consumprion Rates by Colonies and Effects on Brood and Adult Populations - (Other)
Hoffman, G.D., Wardell, G., Ahumada-Secura, F., Rinderer, T.E., Danka, R.G., Pettis, J.S. 2008. Comparisons of Pollen Substitute Diets for Honey bees: Consumprion Rates by Colonies and Effects on Brood and Adult Populations. Journal of Apicultural Research 47:265-270.
Comparisons of pollen substitute diets for honey bees: consumption rates by colonies and effects on brood and adult populations. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Degrandi-Hoffman, G., Wardell, G., Ahumada-Segura, F., Rinderer, T.E., Danka, R.G., Pettis, J. 2008. Comparisons of pollen substitute diets for honey bees: consumption rates by colonies and effects on brood and adult populations. Journal of Apicultural Research 47(4):265-270
Comparison of microsatellite DNA divesity among commercial queen breeder stocks of Italian honey bees in the United States and Italy. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Bourgeois, A.L., Sylvester, H.A., Danka, R.G., Rinderer, T.E. 2008. Comparison of microsatellite DNA divesity among commercial queen breeder stocks of Italian honey bees in the United States and Italy.. Journal of Apicultural Research 47(2):93-98
Reaction Norm Variants for Male Calling Song in Natural Populations of Achroia Grisella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae): towards a Resolution of the Lek Paradox - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhou, Y., Kuster, H., Pettis, J.S., Danka, R.G., Gleason, J.M., Greenfield, M.D. 2008. Reaction Norm Variants for Male Calling Song in Natural Populations of Achroia Grisella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae): towards a Resolution of the Lek Paradox. Evolution 1317-1334.
Comparative Performance of Two Mite-Resistant Stocks of Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Alabama Beekeeping Operations - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ward, K., Danka, R.G., Ward, R. 2008. Comparative Performance of Two Mite-Resistant Stocks of Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in Alabama Beekeeping Operations. Journal of Economic Entomology. 101(3):654-659.
Status of bees with the trait of varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH) for varroa resistance - (Popular Publication)
Danka, R.G., Harris, J.W., Ward, K., Ward, R. 2008. Status of bees with the trait of varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH) for varroa resistance. American Bee Journal 148(1):51-54
Preliminary assessment of genetic diversity of Italian honey bees in the USA and Italy - (Abstract Only)
Bourgeois, A.L., Sylvester, H.A., Danka, R.G., Rinderer, T.E. 2007. Preliminary assessment of genetic diversity of Italian honey bees in the USA and Italy. American Bee Research Conference Proceedings. American Bee Journal 147(5):436
Flight Activity of USDA-ARS Honey Bees During Lowbush Blueberry Pollination in Maine. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., Beaman, G.D. 2007. Flight activity of usda-ars honey bees during lowbush blueberry pollination in maine. Journal of Economic Entomology 100(2):267-272
Caste, Sex and Strain of Honey Bees (Apis Mellifera) Affect Infestation with Tracheal Mites (Acarapis Woodi) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Villa, J.D., Danka, R.G. 2005. Caste, sex and strain of honey bees (apis mellifera) affect infestation with tracheal mites (acarapis woodi). Experimental and Applied Acarology 37(3-4):157-164
Environmental Influences on Flight Activity of USDA-ARS Russian and Italian Stocks of Honey Bees During Almond Pollination - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., Sylvester, H.A., Boykin, D. 2006. Environmental influences on Flight Activity of USDA-ARS Russian and Italian Stocks of Honey Bees During Almond Pollination. Journal of Economic Entomology 99(5):1565-1570.
A New Phase Begins for the USDA-ARS Russian Honey Bee Breeding Program - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rinderer, T.E., De Guzman, L.I., Danka, R.G. 2005. A new phase begins for the usda-ars russian honey bee breeding program. American Bee Journal 145(7):579-582.
High Levels of Cotton Pollen Collection Observed for Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in South-Central Louisiana - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G. 2005. High Levels of Cotton Pollen Collection Observed for Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) in South-Central Louisiana. Journal of Entomological Science 40(3):316-326
An Association in Honey Bees Between Autogrooming and the Presence of Migrating Tracheal Mites. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., Villa, J.D. 2005. An association in honey bees between autogrooming and the presence of migrating tracheal mites. Apidologie 36(3)331-333.
Contemporary Soybeans Show No Evidence of Yield Increases Associated with Proximity to Honey Bee Colonies. - (Abstract Only)
Danka, R.G., Villa, J.D. 2004. Contemporary soybeans show no evidence of yield increases associated with proximity to honey bee colonies [abstract].American Bee Journal. 144(5):402
High Levels of Cotton Pollen Collection and Foraging Responses of Italian and Russian Honey Bees Given High and Low Levels of Pollen Foraging Stimuli - (Abstract Only)
Danka, R.G. 2004. High levels of cotton pollen collection and foraging responses of italian and russian honey bees given high and low levels of pollen foraging stimuli [abstract]. American Bee Journal. 144(5):402
Environmental Effects on the Growth of Varroa Mite Populations - (Popular Publication)
Harris, J.W., Villa, J.D., Danka, R.G. 2004. Environmental effects on the growth of varroa mite populations. Bee Culture. 132(5):23-25.
Nectar Robbery by Bees [xylocopa Virginica (L.) and Apis Mellifera L.] Contributes to the Pollination of Rabbiteye Blueberry - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Sampson, B.J., Danka, R.G., Stringer, S.J. 2004. Nectar robbery by bees [xylocopa virginica (l.) and apis mellifera l.] contributes to the pollination of rabbiteye blueberry. Journal of Economic Entomology. v.97 p. 735-740.
Variable Population Growth of Varroa Destructor (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) in Colonies of Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae) During a 10-Year Period - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Harris, J.W., Harbo, J.R., Villa, J.D., Danka, R.G. 2003. Variable population growth of varroa destructor (mesostigmata: varroidae) in colonies of honey bees (hymenoptera: apidae) during a 10-year period. Environmental Entomology/Population Ecology 32(6):1305-1312.
Autogrooming by Resistant Honey Bees Which Are Challenged by Individual Tracheal Mites. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Danka, R.G., Villa, J.D. 2003. Autogrooming by resistant honey bees which are challenged by individual tracheal mites.. Apidologie 34(4):591-596.
Imported Russian Honey Bees: Quarantine and Initial Selection for Varroa Resistance - (Popular Publication)
Harris, J.W., Rinderer, T.E., Kuznetsov, V., Danka, R.G., Delatte, G.T., De Guzman, L.I., Villa, J.D. 2002. Imported Russian Honey Bees: Quarantine and Initial Selection for Varroa Resistance. American Bee Journal 142(8):591-596
Inheritance of Resistance to Acarapis Woodi in First Generation Crosses of Honey Bees - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
DANKA, R.G., VILLA, J.D., INHERITANCE OF RESISTANCE TO ACARAPIS WOODI IN FIRST GENERATION CROSSES OF HONEY BEES, JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC ENTOMOLOGY, 2000, VOL. 93, pgs. 1602-1605, EDITION #6.
A Survey of Tracheal Mite Resistance Levels in U.S. Commercial Queen Breeder Colonies - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
DANKA, R.G., VILLA, J.D., A SURVEY OF TRACHEAL MITE RESISTANCE LEVELS IN U.S. COMMERCIAL QUEEN BREEDER COLONIES, AMERICAN BEE JOURNAL, 2000, VOL. 140, pgs. 405-407, EDITION #5.
Using Genetic Resistance to Solve Tracheal Mite Problems - (Abstract Only)
Danka, R.G. 1999. Using Genetic Resistance to Solve Tracheal Mite Problems. Meeting Abstract. Proceedings of the XXXVi Congress. Apimondia 1999. p. 134.
Resistance of Honey Bees to Tracheal Mites - (Book / Chapter) - (07-Jan-99)
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