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Biodiversity, impact and control of microsporidia in bumble bee (bombus spp.) pollinators

Objective

Bumblebee rearing for pollination is a necessary tool for farming of many crops. In spite of observations of microsporidian infections in 14 different bumblebee species, only one microsporidium, Norseman bomb, has been described from bumblebees. For production of bumblebee colonies it is essential to know the causative agents of disease for proper control. To avoid introduction of novel or non-endemic parasites into new areas or host species, it is vital to study Microsporidia in bumble bees (colonies are transported over long distances). We wish to document Microsporidia diversity in bumblebees, study cross-infectivity across species, costs they exert on their hosts and examine patterns of clad genesis between Microsporidia and their hosts. Further, we wish to develop a PCR-based tool for Microsporidia detection, document infection incidence in the field and in rearing operations and develop effective control strategies

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Address
Ulls Vaeg, 16
750 07 Uppsala
Sweden

Participants (4)

LUND UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
Helgonavaegen 3B
223 62 Lund
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
Clausiusstrasse 25
8092 Zurich
SYNGENTA BIOLINE BEES B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Mechtildisstraat 2
5000 AB Tilburg
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
Address
Lisburn Road 97 Medical Biology Centre
BT9 7BL Belfast