Chemical ecology

Hypothesis on repellent effect of wood chestnut smell on Varroa destructor

On-going experiments

  • GC-MS analysis of the chemical compounds that make up the smell of chestnut wood
  • Behaviour tests (choice tests in olfactometry) of Varroa destructor against the smell of chestnut wood

Ongoing results

Olfactive choice tests Results details: air vs. chestnut wood odour in a T-shaped labyrinth (for a sample size of Varroas destructor n = 35) confirm a strong avoidance of chestnut odour

Results details here

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