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See detailContribution à l'étude de la diversité des abeilles sociales (Apini et Meliponini) et leurs parasites au Gabon
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Les abeilles sociales Meliponini et Apini (Apidae: Apinae) contribuent à la pollinisation des plantes à fleurs et à l'amélioration des rendements agricoles. Elles font soit l’objet d’un élevage soit d’un ... [more ▼]

Les abeilles sociales Meliponini et Apini (Apidae: Apinae) contribuent à la pollinisation des plantes à fleurs et à l'amélioration des rendements agricoles. Elles font soit l’objet d’un élevage soit d’un pillage pour utiliser les produits de la ruche. La diversité, la répartition et l'abondance de ces abeilles dépendent de l'écosystème dans lequel elles évoluent. Les aspects liés à la diversité des espèces, à la distribution, à la biologie, à l'écologie et à l'abondance des nids de même que la situation des parasites majeurs est peu documentée dans de nombreuses régions en Afrique, dont la région d’Afrique centrale. Au vu des nombreuses activités humaines menées dans cette région et du fait que la perte d’habitat et la prédation des nids par l’homme constituent des menaces pour ces abeilles, il convient d’apporter un éclairage sur ces insectes en Afrique centrale. C’est dans ce but que le présent travail a été réalisé afin de contribuer à une meilleure connaissance des relations entre diversité spécifique, abondance des abeilles sociales (Apini et Meliponini) et le niveau de perturbation de l’habitat au Gabon. De même, une attention particulière a été portée sur la situation des parasites majeurs dans ce pays. Les résultats obtenus ont contribué dans un premier temps à clarifier la taxonomie des abeilles sociales étudiées en Afrique et ont mis également en avant l’effet négatif de la perte d’habitat forestier sur la diversité spécifique et la composition d’espèces. Aussi, les espèces qui semblent être fortement impactées par la perte d’habitat forestier ont été identifiées. L’exploitation forestière sélective n’a pas eu d’effet sur la communauté d’espèces. L’étude sur la densité des nids a montré principalement que la distance au cours d’eau avait un effet significatif sur la présence d’un nid et que la méthode d’inventaire par comptage des nids présente une faible capacité de détection de ceux-ci. Concernant les parasites, l’étude a mis en évidence la présence de deux espèces au Gabon : le Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman et Aethina tumida Murray. Toutefois, les taux d’infestation restent faibles dans les colonies sauvages étudiées. Concernant la domestication de Meliponula bocandei Spinola, le parasite A. tumida est à l’origine du taux élevé d’échec. L’ensemble des résultats de cette étude constituent une base dans la mise en place d’une stratégie de préservation des communautés d’espèces d’abeilles Apini et Meliponini au Gabon, mais aussi dans le cadre d’une domestication de celles-ci. [less ▲]

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See detailParasitisme d’Apis mellifera adansonii (Latreille 1804) et de Meliponula bocandei (Spinola 1853) par Aethina tumida (Murray 1867): premier recensement au Gabon et impact sur la domestication
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg; Alabi, Taofic ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Entomologie Faunistique = Faunistic Entomology (2017), 70

The small hive beetle, Aethina tumida (Murray 1867), has been reported in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This parasite is considered as a minor threat to strong Apis mellifera (Linnaeus 1758 ... [more ▼]

The small hive beetle, Aethina tumida (Murray 1867), has been reported in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This parasite is considered as a minor threat to strong Apis mellifera (Linnaeus 1758) colonies in Africa and as a major threat during the transfer of wild colonies of Meliponula bocandei (Spinola 1853) in hives. There is no data for Gabon and the state of wild colonies is still poorly known. Then, this study aims (1) to make a first prevalence assessment of A. tumida in wild colonies of A. mellifera and M. bocandei in Gabon; (2) to verify the effectiveness of quarantine implementation during the transfer of M. bocandei in hives against A. tumida. For that, 59 nests of A. mellifera and 25 nests of M. bocandei were inspected in two locations. Twelve nests of M. bocandei were transferred in hives with a quarantine for 4 days while 12 nests were transferred without quarantine. Aethina tumida was observed in more than 70 % of A. mellifera nests and in a single nest of M. bocandei. No damage was observed in nests of A. mellifera. More than 60 % of brood sections in quarantine or not were destroyed by A. tumida in hives. This study provided first evidence of the presence of A. tumida in Gabon and the need to develop a more effective method to domesticate M. bocandei in hives. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst survey on prevalence and infestation rates of Varrroa mite in Gabon
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg; Alabi, Taofic ULg; Bengone Ndong, Toussaint et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2016), 81(3), 299-305

Varroa mites cause considerable damage to Apis mellifera Linnaeus colonies in North America, Europe and Asia. To control this parasite, beekeepers in these parts of world have to use chemical acaricides ... [more ▼]

Varroa mites cause considerable damage to Apis mellifera Linnaeus colonies in North America, Europe and Asia. To control this parasite, beekeepers in these parts of world have to use chemical acaricides. In Africa, this pest has been identified, and survey of Varroa infestation rates showed a lot of variation across honey bee sub-species. Generally, African colonies seemed to be resistant or tolerant to the presence of Varroa mite. The objective of our study is to explore the presence, prevalence and infestation rates of Varroa mite in Gabon. The presence and quantitative assessment of Varroa mites were performed in 55 wild colonies of Apis mellifera adansonii Latreille in two locations. Our results showed that: (1) 70% and 48% of the wild colonies studied were infested with Varroa destructor according to locations, (2) Varroa infestation rate was lower than 0.5 mite per 100 bees regardless location. The infestation rates obtained were still very low compared to those observed in various other regions in Africa. In perspective, it would be interesting to explore the reasons that could explain the low infestation rates which were observed. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of the species richness of highly eusocial bees according with habitat in Gabon
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg; Bengone Ndong, Toussaint; Nguyen, Bach Kim ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 18)

Bees are among the most e ective pollinators. These insects include honeybee and stin- gless bee. In Africa, habitat loss is the main threat to these insects. This loss of habitat is largely due to ... [more ▼]

Bees are among the most e ective pollinators. These insects include honeybee and stin- gless bee. In Africa, habitat loss is the main threat to these insects. This loss of habitat is largely due to various human activities. An evaluation of the richness of social bees in three locaties in Gabon (Central Africa) was conducted from October 2013 to March 2014: Kougouleu who underwent deforestation and implantation of food crops, forest area Mas- sengalini in bu er zone of protected area of Lope and Lekokodiba in logging concession of Preccious Woods Gabon. For this, a collection was conducted using yellow traps lled with a mixture of water and honey and using a hand vacuum in 20 sites in each area. The number of species was compared to that estimated there are about thirty years. Eleven species of social bees (Apis mellifera adansonii and ten stingless bee species) were collected, of which 5 to Kougouleu, 8 to Massengalini and 11 to L ekokodiba. Honeybee has been collected in all localities. Forest localities are distinguished from Kougouleu by higher species diversity. This di erence is highly signi cant (Kruskal-Wallis 2 = 45.362, df = 2 and p-value<0.001). A decrease of approximately 50% of the number of stingless bee species in 30 years was found to Kougouleu, while the number of social bee species varies little in forest localities. Our study shows that the loss of forest habitat causes a decline in the species richness of social bees and stingless bees are more sensitive to this loss as the honeybee. [less ▲]

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See detailMeliponini and Apini in Africa (Apidae: Apinae): a review on the challenges and stakes bound to their diversity and their distribution
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg; Nguyen, Bach Kim ULg; Bengone Ndong, Toussaint et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2015), 19(4),

Introduction. Meliponini and Apini contribute to the pollination of flowering plants and to improving agricultural yields. These bees’ diversity, distribution and abundance depend on the ecosystem in ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Meliponini and Apini contribute to the pollination of flowering plants and to improving agricultural yields. These bees’ diversity, distribution and abundance depend on the ecosystem in which they evolve. The present work aims to summarize the diversity, distribution, abundance, potential threats, challenges and issues faced with respect to these social bees in Africa. Literature. In Africa, there were 21 species of Meliponini and 2 species of Apini (Apis). Aspects related to the species diversity, distribution, biology, ecology and abundance of nests are poorly documented, especially for Meliponini. This deficit could be related to a lack of interest of the authors or the various difficulties in performing these studies in Africa. With regard to the difficulties, there is a need to clarify the taxonomy of Meliponini, and the observation of nests in certain forest environments is difficult. Nest predation and habitat loss are the main threats that could cause the depopulation of certain social bee species in Africa. If there is currently new evidence that diseases and pests did not endanger these bees, then there is a need for further studies for better assessment of the risks that are associated with these potential threats. Conclusions. Work on the diversity, distribution and abundance of the social bees must be strengthened to address the challenges that are related to these insects in Africa. Indeed, this approach will contribute to answering the challenges of sustainable management of the biodiversity and economic and agricultural issues. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of two capture methods in the assessment of species richness of eusocial bees in Gabon
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg; Bengone Ndong, Toussaint; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2014, December 13)

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See detailDescription de Liotrigona gabonensis sp. nov., et quelques corrections à la synonymie des espèces africaines de mélipones (Hymenoptera : Apoidea : Apinae : Meliponini)
PAULY, Alain; Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg

in Belgian Journal of Entomology (2013), 15

Liotrigona gabonensis sp. nov. is described from Gabon. A nest of this new species discovered in a tree trunk is also described and illustrated. Some corrections are made to the revision of EARDLEY (2005 ... [more ▼]

Liotrigona gabonensis sp. nov. is described from Gabon. A nest of this new species discovered in a tree trunk is also described and illustrated. Some corrections are made to the revision of EARDLEY (2005): a lectotype is designated for Liotrigona bouyssoui (Vachal, 1903) (comb. nov.); Hypotrigona penna Eardley, 2005 is a synonym junior of Hypotrigona squamuligera Benoist, 1937 (syn. nov.); Meliponula erythra (Schletterer, 1891) and M. togoensis (Stadelman, 1895) are considered valid (resurrected names). [less ▲]

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See detailL’abeille à miel au Gabon: de la cueillette à l’apiculture
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg

Poster (2013, June 05)

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