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November Meeting – Deformed wing virus

November 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Guest Speaker Amanda Norton (PhD candidate)

Deformed wing virus: how do vector transmitted RNA viruses contribute to the death of honey bees.

My background is in chemical ecology and I have been fascinated with honey bees since childhood. I completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Queensland. In the USC Honey Laboratory, I worked with Dr Peter Brooks to develop a new method to analyse Leptospermum nectar, to determine which plants will produce honeys with non-peroxide (MGO) antibacterial activity.  


I am currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Sydney, supervised by Professor Madeleine Beekman and Dr Emily Remnant. My research is investigating the relationship between honey bees (Apis mellifera), viruses and Varroa mites. Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) is currently considered to be the most significant honey bee virus worldwide.


The overall aim of my PhD is to uncover the relationship between Varroa and DWV, and determine how Varroa affects DWV virulence and mechanisms of resistance in honey bees. In addition, my project aims to determine what effect Varroa and DWV will have upon Australia’s naïve honey bees and contribute knowledge to a continuity strategy, should Varroa and DWV become established in Australia.



Norton, A. M., Mckenzie, L. N., Brooks, P. R. and Pappalardo, L. J. (2015). Quantitation of Dihydroxyacetone in Australian Leptospermum Nectar via High-Performance Liquid Chromatography. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 63, 6513-6517.




November 15, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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