Black queen cell virus

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Authors: Alexis Beaurepaire et al.
Source: Insects (2020), 11(4), 239

Black queen cell virus (BQCV)

This picorna-like virus is widely distributed in honey bee keeping regions and is common in queen-rearing colonies. It was first described from the larvae of honeybee queens which die and turn black in their cells. However, it can also infect workers.