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First report of Varroa genotype in western Asia based on genotype identification of Iranian Varroa destructor populations (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) using RAPD marker

Zahra Hajializadeh, Mahdieh Asadi, Hamidreza Kavousi


Random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) technique was used to the analysis of the haplotypes of Varroa destrcuctor in southern half of Iran. Eight Varroa populations were collected and five RAPD primers were used to determine their genotype. All samples showed the K pattern genotype. Furthermore 30 loci were amplified; from which 29 were polymorphic (96.67%) and 1 was monomorphic (3.33%). This is the first molecular genetic study of V. destructor in Iran. Detailed investigations at DNA sequence level are needed to characterize genetic structure of V. destructor populations in Iran.


Varroa destructor, genotype, RAPD, Korean type, western Asia, Iran.


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