Preliminary effect of an experimental treatment with “Nozevit®”, (a phyto-pharmacological preparation) for Nosema ceranae control

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Journal of Apicultural Research

Vol. 53 (4) pp. 472-474
DOI

10.3896/IBRA.1.53.4.03
Date

September 2014
Article Title

Preliminary effect of an experimental treatment with “Nozevit®”, (a phyto-pharmacological preparation) for Nosema ceranae control
Author(s)

Mariano Higes, Tamara Gómez-Moracho, Cristina Rodriguez-García, Cristina Botias, Raquel Martín-Hernández
Abstract

The microsporidium Nosema ceranae was first detected in European honey bees less than a decade ago (Higes et al., 2006), yet it is now one of the most prevalent worldwide pathogens of honey bees. Moreover, N. ceranae has been implicated in global colony loss and although its role in this phenomenon still remains controversial (Fries, 2010; Paxton, 2010; Higes et al., 2013), a direct link between this pathogen and bee colony depopulation / losses has been suggested, in conjunction with subclinical effects and significantly reduced honey production in Mediterranean countries (Hatjina et al., 2011; Botías et al., 2013). As these effects can have a negative influence on professional beekeepers, it is important to develop strategies to control the disease associated with this pathogen. Fumagillin is one of the few drugs known to be effective against microsporidia and it is also effective in combating N. ceranae (Botías et al., 2013), although its use is not currently authorized in most European countries.
Keywords

Nosema ceranae, treatment, Mediterranean country
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