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Dr. Jamie Ellis and his team of researchers at the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory work on projects year round. The publications listed below are arranged by date. If you would like to view a list of publications by topic, click the button below.

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  • Campbell, J.W., O’Brien, J., Irvin, J.H., Kimmel, C.B., Daniels, J.C., Ellis, J.D. 2017. Managed bumble bees (Bombus impatiens) caged with blueberry bushes at high density did not result in increased fruit set or fruit weight compared to open pollination. In Press: Environmental Entomology.
  • Isaacs, R., Williams, N., Ellis, J.D., Pitts-Singer, T.L., Bommarco, R., Vaughn, M. 2017. Integrated crop pollination: combining strategies to ensure stable and sustainable yields of pollination-dependent crops. In Press: Basic and Applied Ecology.
  • al Toufailia, H., Alves, D.A., Bená, D., Marchini, L.C., Iwanicki, N., Bento, J.M.S., Cline, A., Ellis, J.D., Ratnieks, F.L.W. 2016. First record of small hive beetle, Aethina tumida Murray, in South America. In Press: Journal of Apicultural Research.
  • Jia, H., Dai, P., Geng, L., Jack, C.J., Li, Y., Wu, Y., Diao, Q., Ellis, J.D. 2016. Does Bt Cry1le toxin affect bacterial diversity in the midgut of the Chinese honey bee, Apis cerana cerana (Hymenoptera, Apidae). In Press: Scientific Reports.
2016

  • Dai, P., Jia, H., Jack, C., Geng, L., Liu, F., Hou, C., Ellis, J.D. 2016 Bt Cry1Le toxin does not impact the survival and pollen consumption of Chinese honey bees, Apis cerana cerana (Hymenoptera, Apidae). Journal of Economic Entomology, 109(6); 2259-2263. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jee/tow204.
  • Eimanifar, A., Kimball, R.T., Braun, E.L., Ellis, J.D. 2016. The complete mitochondrial genome of the hybrid honey bee, Apis mellifera capensis × Apis mellifera scutellata, from South Africa. Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources, 1:1, 856-857, DOI: 10.1080/23802359.2016.1250132.
  • Eimanifar, A., Kimball, R.T., Braun, E.L., Ellis, J.D. 2016. The complete mitochondrial genome of the Cape honey bee, Apis mellifera capensis Esch. (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Apidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B: Resources, 1:1, 817-819, DOI:10.1080/23802359.2016.1241682.
  • Campbell, J.W., Cabrera, A.R., Stanley-Stahr, C., Ellis, J.D. 2016. An evaluation of the honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) safety profile of a new systemic insecticide, Flupyradifurone, under field conditions in Florida. Journal of Economic Entomology, 109(5): 1967-1972. doi: 10.1093/jee/tow186.
  • Schmehl, D.R., Tomé, H.V.V., Mortensen, A.N., Martins, G.F., Ellis, J.D. 2016. Improved protocol for the in vitro rearing of Apis mellifera workers. Journal of Apicultural Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2016.1203530.
  • Mortensen, A.N., Ellis, J.D. 2016. Managed European-derived honey bee, Apis mellifera sspp, colonies reduce African-matriline honey bee, A.m. scutellata, drones at regional mating congregations. PLoS ONE 11(8): e0161331. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0161331.
  • González-Cabrera, J., Rodríguez-Vargas, S., Davies, T.G.E., Field, L.M., Schmehl, D., Ellis, J.D., Krieger, K., Williamson, M.S. 2016. Novel mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel of pyrethroid-resistant Varroa destructor populations from the Southeastern USA. PLoS ONE, 11(5): e0155332. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155332.
  • Campbell, J.W., Ivrin, A., Irvin, H., Stanley-Stahr, C., Ellis, J.D. 2016. Insect visitors to flowering buckwheat, Fagropyrum esculentum (Polygonales: Polygonaceae), in North-Central Florida. Florida Entomologist, 99(2): 264-268. http://dx.doi.org/10.1653/024.099.0216.
  • Mortensen, A.N., Schmehl, D.R., Allsopp, M., Bustamante, T.A., Kimmel, C.B., Dykes, M.E., Ellis, J.D. 2016. Differences in Varroa destructor infestation rates of two indigenous subspecies of Apis mellifera in the Republic of South Africa. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 68: 509-514. DOI 10.1007/s10493-015-9999-8. Erratum to: Mortensen, A.N., Schmehl, D.R., Allsopp, M., Bustamante, T.A., Kimmel, C.B., Dykes, M.E., Ellis, J.D. 2016. Differences in Varroa destructor infestation rates of two indigenous subspecies of Apis mellifera in the Republic of South Africa. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 68:517-518. DOI 10.1007/s10493-016-0016-7.
2015

  • Seitz, N., Traynor, K.S., Steinhauer, N., Rennich, K., Wilson, M.E., Ellis, J.D., Rose, R., Tarpy, D.R., Sagili, R.R., Caron, D.M., Delaplane, K.S., Rangel, J., Lee, K., Baylis, K., Wilkes, J.T., Skinner, J.A., Pettis, J.S., vanEngelsdorp, D. 2016. A national survey of managed honey bee 2014 - 2015 annual losses in the USA. Journal of Apicultural Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00218839.2016.1153294.
  • Williams, N.M., Ward, K.L., Pope, N., Isaacs, R., Wilson, J., May, E.A., Ellis, J.D., Daniels, J., Pence, A., Ullmann, K., Peters, J. 2015. Native wildflower planting support wild bee abundance and diversity in agricultural landscapes across the United States. Ecological Applications, 25(8): 2119-2131.
  • Graham, J.R., Willcox, E., Ellis, J.D. 2015. The potential management of a ground-nesting, solitary bee: Anthophora abrupta (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Florida Entomologist, 98(2): 528-535.
  • Fleming, J.C., Schmehl, D.R., Ellis, J.D. 2015. Characterizing the impact of commercial pollen substitute diets on the level of Nosema spp. in honey bees (Apis mellifera L.). PLoS ONE 10(7): e0132014. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132014.
  • Mortensen, A.N., Ellis, J.D. 2015. The frequency of African (Apis mellifera scutellata Lepeletier) matrilineal usurpation of managed European-derived honey bee (A. mellifera L.) colonies in the southeastern United States. Insectes Sociaux, 62:151-155. DOI 10.1007/s00040-014-03831.
  • Mortensen, A.N., Ellis, J.D. 2015. A scientific note on the prevalence of the cordovan phenotype in the African-derived honey bee population in the Southeastern United States. Apidologie, 46(1): 46-48. DOI: 10.1007/s13592-014-0294-1.
2014

  • Graham, J.R., Tan, Q., Jones, L.C., Ellis, J.D. 2014. Native Buzz: citizen scientists creating nesting habitat for solitary bees and wasps. Florida Scientist, 77(4): 204-218.
  • Mortensen, A.N., Ellis, J.D. 2014. Scientific note on a single-user method for identifying drone congregation areas. Journal of Apicultural Research, 53(4): 424-425. DOI 10.3896/IBRA.1.53.4.12.
2013

  • Dietemann, V., Neumann, P., Ellis, J.D. 2013. Guest Editorial: The COLOSS BEEBOOK – Part 1. Journal of Apicultural Research 52(1): 4 pp. DOI 10.3896/IBRA.1.52.1.01.
  • James, R.R., Ellis, J.D., Duehl, A. 2013. The potential for using ozone to decrease pesticide residues in honey bee comb. Agriculture Science, 1(1): 1-16.
  • Ellis, J.D., Graham, J.R., Mortensen, A. 2013. Standard methods for wax moth research. V. Dietemann; J.D. Ellis, P. Neumann (Eds) The COLOSS BEEBOOK: standard methods for Apis mellifera research. Journal of Apicultural Research, 52(1): 18 pp. DOI 10.3896/IBRA.1.52.1.10.
  • Dietemann, V., Nazzi, F., Martin, S., Anderson, D., Locke, B., Delaplane, K., Wauquiez, Q., Tannahill, C., Ziegelmann, B., Rosenkranz, P., Ellis, J. 2013. Standard methods for varroa research. V. Dietemann; J.D. Ellis, P. Neumann (Eds) The COLOSS BEEBOOK: standard methods for Apis mellifera research. Journal of Apicultural Research, 52(1): 54 pp. DOI 10.3896/IBRA.1.52.1.09.
  • Graham, J.R., Carroll, M.J., Teal, P.E.A., Ellis, J.D. 2013. A scientific note on the comparison of airborne volatiles produced by commercial bumble bee (Bombus impatiens) and honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies. Apidologie, 44:110-112. DOI: 10.1007/s13592-012- 0162-9.
2012

  • Williams, G.R., Dietemann, V., Ellis, J.D., Neumann, P. 2012. An update on the COLOSS network and the BEEBOOK: standard methodologies for Apis mellifera research. Journal of Apicultural Research, 51(2): 151-153. DOI 10.3896/IBRA.1.51.01.
  • Gregorc, A., Evans, J.D., Scharf, M., Ellis, J.D. 2012. Gene expression in honey bee (Apis mellifera) larvae exposed to pesticides and Varroa mites (Varroa destructor). Journal of Insect Physiology, 58: 1042-1049. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jinsphys.2012.03.015
  • Vaudo, A., Ellis, J.D., Cambray, G., Hill, M.P. 2012. Honey bee (Apis mellifera capensis/A. m. scutellata hybrid) nesting behavior in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Insectes Sociaux 59: 323-331. DOI 10.1007/s00040-012-0223-0
  • Ellis, J.D. 2012. The honey bee crisis. Outlooks on Pest Management, 23(1): 35-40.
  • Atkinson, E., Ellis, J.D. 2012. Temperature-dependent clustering behavior of Aethina tumida Murray in Apis mellifera L. colonies. Journal of Insect Behavior, 25: 604-611. DOI 10.1007/s10905-012-9326-8.
  • Vaudo, A., Ellis, J.D., Cambray, G., Hill, M.P. 2012. The effects of land use on honey bee (Apis mellifera) population density and colony strength parameters in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Journal of Insect Conservation, 16: 601-611. DOI 10.1007/s10841-011-9445-0.
2011

  • Graham, J., Ellis, J.D., Benda, N.D., Kurtzman, C.P., Boucias, D. 2011. Kodamaea ohmeri (Ascomycota: Saccharomycotina) presence in commercial Bombus impatiens Cresson and feral Bombus pennsylvanicus DeGeer (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies. Journal of Apicultural Research, 50(3): 218-226.
  • Atkinson, E., Ellis, J.D. 2011. Honey bee, Apis mellifera L., confinement behavior toward beetle invaders. Insectes Sociaux, 58:495-503. DOI: 10.1007/s00040-011- 0169-7.
  • Fakhimzadeh, K., Ellis, J.D., Hayes, G.W. 2011. Physical control of varroa mites (Varroa destructor): the effects of various dust materials on varroa mite fall from adult honey bees (Apis mellifera) in vitro. Journal of Apicultural Research, 50(3): 203-211.
  • Graham, J.R., Ellis, J.D., Carroll, M.J., Teal, P.A. 2011. Aethina tumida Murray (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) attraction to volatiles produced by Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae) and Jamie Ellis, PhD Associate Professor, University of Florida 6 Bombus impatiens Cresson (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies. Apidologie, 3: 326-336, DOI: 10.1007/s13592-011-0017-9.
  • Atkinson, E., Ellis, J.D. 2011. Adaptive behavior of honeybees (Apis mellifera) toward beetle invaders exhibiting various levels of colony integration. Physiological Entomology, 36:282- 289. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3032.2010.00774.x.
  • Gregorc, A., Ellis, J.D. 2011. Cell death localization in situ in laboratory reared honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) larvae treated with pesticides. Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology, 99: 200-207.
2010

  • Hunter, W., Ellis, J.D., vanEngelsdorp, D., Hayes, J., Westervelt, D., Glick, E., Williams, M., Sela, I., Maori, E., Pettis, J., Cox-Foster, D., Paldi, N. 2010. RNA interference (RNAi) technology to prevent Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus disease in honey bees (Apis mellifera, Hymenoptera: Apidae). PLoS Pathogens 6(12): e1001160. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1001160.
  • Delaplane, K.S., Ellis, J.D., Hood, W.M. 2010. A test for interactions between Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae) and Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) in colonies of honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 103(5): 711-715.
  • Ellis, J.D., Evans, J.D., Pettis, J. 2010. Colony losses, managed colony population decline, and Colony Collapse Disorder in the United States. Journal of Apicultural Research 49(1): 134-136. Invited Review Article.
  • Ellis, J.D., Spiewok, S., Delaplane, K.S., Buchholz, S., Neumann, P., Tedders, L. 2010. Susceptibility of Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) larvae and pupae to entomopathogenic nematodes. Journal of Economic Entomology 103(1): 1-9.
2009

  • Ellis, A.M., Hayes, G.W., Ellis, J.D. 2009. The efficacy of dusting honey bee colonies with powdered sugar to reduce varroa mite populations. Journal of Apicultural Research and Bee World,48(1): 72-76.
  • Ellis, A.M., Hayes, J., Ellis, J.D. 2009. The efficacy of small cell foundation as a varroa mite control. Experimental and Applied Acarology 47: 311-316.
2008

  • Ellis, J.D., Delaplane, K.S. 2008. Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) oviposition behavior in sealed brood cells with notes on the removal of the cell contents by European honey bees (Apis mellifera). Journal of Apicultural Research 47(3): 210-215.
  • Ellis, J.D., Delaplane, K.S., Cline, A., McHugh, J.V. 2008. The association of multiple sap beetle species (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) with western honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies in North America. Journal of Apicultural Research 47(3): 188-189.
  • Neumann, P., Ellis, J.D. 2008. The small hive beetle (Aethina tumida Murray, Coleoptera: Nitidulidae): distribution, biology and control of an invasive species. Journal of Apicultural Research 47(3): 181-183.
2007

  • Ellis, J.D., Delaplane, K.S. 2007. The effects of three acaricides on the developmental biology of small hive beetles (Aethina tumida). Journal of Apicultural Research 46(4): 256- 259.
2006

  • Ellis, J.D., Delaplane, K.S. 2006. The effects of habitat type, ApilifeVAR™, and screened bottom boards on small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) entry into honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies. American Bee Journal 146(5): 537-539.
  • Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, H.R. 2006. An ecological digest of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida), a symbiont in honey bee colonies (Apis mellifera). Insectes Sociaux 53: 8-19. Review Article. Jamie Ellis, PhD Associate Professor, University of Florida 7
2005

  • Ellis, J.D. 2005. Reviewing the confinement of small hive beetles (Aethina tumida) by western honey bees (Apis mellifera). Bee World 86(3): 56-62. Review Article.
  • Ellis, J.D., Munn, P.A. 2005. The worldwide health status of honey bees. Bee World 86(4): 88-101. Invited Review Article.
2004

  • Ellis, J.D., Rong, I.H., Hill, M.P., Hepburn, H.R., Elzen, P.J. 2004. The susceptibility of small hive beetle (Aethina tumida Murray) pupae to fungal pathogens. American Bee Journal 144(6): 486-488.
  • Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, H.R., Elzen, P.J. 2004. Confinement of small hive beetles (Aethina tumida) by Cape honeybees (Apis mellifera capensis). Apidologie 35(4): 389-396.
  • Ellis, J.D., Richards, C.S., Hepburn, H.R., Elzen, P.J. 2004. Hygienic behavior of Cape and European Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae) toward Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) eggs oviposited in sealed bee brood. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 97(4): 860-864.
  • Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, H.R., Luckmann, B., Elzen, P.J. 2004. The effects of soil type, moisture, and density on pupation success of Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae). Environmental Entomology 33(4): 794-798.
  • Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, H.R., Elzen, P.J. 2004. Confinement behavior of cape honey bees (Apis mellifera capensis Esch.) in relation to population densities of small hive beetles (Aethina tumida Murray). Journal of Insect Behavior 17(6): 835-842.
2003

  • Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, H.R., Delaplane, K.S., Neumann, P., Elzen, P.J. 2003. The effects of adult small hive beetles, Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae), on nests and flight activity of Cape and European honey bees (Apis mellifera). Apidologie 34: 399-408.
  • Ellis, J.D., Holland, A.J., Hepburn, H.R., Neumann, P., Elzen, P.J. 2003. Cape (Apis mellifera capensis) and European (Apis mellifera) honey bee guard age and duration of guarding small hive beetles (Aethina tumida). Journal of Apicultural Research 42(3): 32-34.
  • Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, H.R., Ellis, A.M., Elzen, P.J. 2003. Social encapsulation of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida Murray) by European honeybees (Apis mellifera L.). Insectes Sociaux 50: 286-291.
  • Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, H.R., Ellis, A.M., Elzen, P.J. 2003. Prison construction and guarding behaviour by European honeybees is dependent on inmate small hive beetle density. Naturwissenschaften 90: 382-384.
  • Ellis, J.D., Richards, C.S., Hepburn, H.R., Elzen, P.J. 2003. Oviposition by small hive beetles elicits hygienic responses from Cape honeybees. Naturwissenschaften 90(11): 532-535.
  • Ellis, J.D., Delaplane, K.S., Hepburn, H.R., Elzen, P.J. 2003. Efficacy of modified hive entrances and a bottom screen device for controlling Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) infestations in Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies. Journal of Economic Entomology 96(6): 1647-1652.
  • Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, H.R. 2003. A note on mapping propolis deposits in Cape honey bee (Apis mellifera capensis) colonies. African Entomology 11(1): 122-124.
  • Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, H.R., Delaplane, K.S., Elzen, P.J. 2003. A scientific note on small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) oviposition and behaviour during European (Apis mellifera) honey bee clustering and absconding events. Journal of Apicultural Research 42(1-2): 47-48.
  • Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, H.R., Delaplane, K.S., Elzen, P.J. 2003. A scientific note on small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) oviposition and behaviour during European (Apis mellifera) honey bee clustering and absconding events. Journal of Apicultural Research 42(1-2): 47-48.
2002

  • Ellis, J.D., Delaplane, K.S., Hepburn, H.R., Elzen, P.J. 2002. Controlling small hive beetles (Aethina tumida Murray) in honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies using a modified hive entrance. American Bee Journal 142(4): 288-290. Jamie Ellis, PhD Associate Professor, University of Florida 8
  • Ellis, J.D., Pirk, C.W.W., Hepburn, H.R., Kastberger, G., Elzen, P.J. 2002. Small hive beetles survive in honeybee prisons by behavioural mimicry. Naturwissenschaften 89: 326-328.
  • Ellis, J.D., Neumann, P., Hepburn, H.R., Elzen, P.J. 2002. Longevity and reproductive success of Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) fed different natural diets. Journal of Economic Entomology 95(5): 902-907.
  • Ellis, J.D., Delaplane, K.S., Hood, W.M. 2002. Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida Murray) weight, gross biometry, and sex proportion at three locations in the southeastern United States. American Bee Journal 142(7): 520-522.
  • Elzen, P.J., Westervelt, D., Causey, D., Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, R., Neumann, P. 2002. Method of application of Tylosin, an antibiotic for American foulbrood control, with effects on small hive beetle (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) populations. Journal of Economic Entomology 95(6): 1119-1122.
2001

  • Ellis, J.D., Delaplane, K.S., Hood, W.M. 2001. Efficacy of a bottom screen device, Apistan™, and ApilifeVAR™ in controlling Varroa destructor. American Bee Journal 141(11): 813-816.
  • Ellis, J.D., Delaplane, K.S. 2001. A scientific note on Apis mellifera brood attractiveness to Varroa destructor as affected by the chemotherapeutic history of the brood. Apidologie 32: 449-450.
  • UNDER REVIEW:Atkinson, E., Ellis, J.D. 2012. Attraction of multiple beetle species to Apis mellifera L. hive odors. Ecological Entomology, in review.

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