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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2002-00741

  • Start date

    1 January 2003

  • End date

    31 December 2005

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 566 106

  • EU contribution

    € 1 101 750

Coordinated by:

THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Sweden

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

Coordinator

THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Address

Ulls Vaeg, 16
750 07 Uppsala

Sweden

Participants (4)

LUND UNIVERSITY

Sweden

SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZUERICH

Switzerland

SYNGENTA BIOLINE BEES B.V.

Netherlands

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2002-00741

  • Start date

    1 January 2003

  • End date

    31 December 2005

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 566 106

  • EU contribution

    € 1 101 750

Coordinated by:

THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Sweden

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