Transportation and pollination service increase abundance and prevalence of Nosema ceranae in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

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Journal of Apicultural Research

Vol. 53 (4) pp. 469-471
DOI

10.3896/IBRA.1.53.4.06
Date

September 2014
Article Title

Transportation and pollination service increase abundance and prevalence of Nosema ceranae in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Author(s)

Xiangjie Zhu, Shujing Zhou, and Zachary Y Huang
Abstract

The Western honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) is the most beneficial insect to humans due to the pollination service it provides to agriculture. Honey bees live under many different types of stress. There are external parasites such as Varroa destructor, microsporidian pathogens such as Nosema ceranae and N. apis (Chen and Huang, 2010), and small hive beetles. Aside from parasites and diseases, long distance transportation also affects honey bee physiology (Ahn et al., 2012). There are studies showing that polyfloral pollen is healthier than monofloral pollen for caged honey bees (reviewed by Huang, 2012). However, it is not clear how the use of colonies for a pollination service, which includes transportation, displacement and feeding on one type of pollen, affects honey bee health.

Keywords

Apis mellifera, Nosema ceranae, transportation, pollination

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