Online mini-symposium on Tropilaelaps spp. mites

On Tuesday 7 December 2021 the Dutch National Reference Laboratory for bee diseases will organise an online mini-symposium entitled ‘Tropilaelaps spp.: the next global threat to honey bee health?

Organised by National Reference Laboratory for bee disease

Tue 7 December 2021 12:30 to 15:30

Tropilaelaps spp. mites

Tropilaelaps spp. mites parasitize honey bee brood of several Apis species in Asia. Much like the varroa mite, two species are known to infect brood of the Western honey bee (Apis Mellifera) as well. Although mostly restricted to its native range, the future perspective includes Tropilaelaps spp. becoming an global invasive pest species. The impact on honey bee health and beekeeping is likely to be devastating. Therefore, the EU has deemed Tropilaelaps spp. a notifiable disease and aims to prevent introduction and spread. The Dutch National Reference Laboratory for bee diseases has taken the initiative to create awareness of the looming challenges that Tropilaelaps spp. pose, by organising a mini-symposium on the subject.


Our key note speaker for this event is Dr. Samuel Ramsey (USDA), who will talk about his ongoing research on Tropilaelaps spp. mites. Our second speaker is no other than Dr. Panuwan Chantawannakul (Chiang Mai University, Thailand), who has studied Tropilaelaps spp. mites for much of her career. The last speaker is our own Heather Graham, who will give insight in the process of validating morphological diagnostics of Tropilaelaps spp. mites. We will end the symposium with a general discussion on the needs and future perspective of Tropilaelaps spp. research. The discussion will be introduced by Dr. Peter Neumann, president of the COLOSS foundation.

Free registration

We welcome anyone who wishes to learn more about Tropilaelaps to join us online. Registration for the symposium is free of charge and can be completed by simply sending an email, entitled ‘registration tropilaelaps symposium 2021’. A final program will be announced at a later stage through this website and sent to participants. Registration closes on 1 December 2021.

Key note: Dr. Samuel Ramsey - USDA-ARS Bee Research Lab, Beltsville, USA Tropilaelaps spp. Up Close and Personal: Face to Face with a Mysterious Bee Mite
Dr. Panuwan Chantawannakul - Chiang Mai University, Thailand Tropilaelaps spp. species, what we know about them
Heather Graham DVM – Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (NRL bee diseases), The Netherlands How to validate Tropilaelaps spp. morphological diagnostics
Dr. Peter Neumann - President of the COLOSS Foundation What are the current and future needs of Tropilaelaps spp. research?