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  1. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Disentangling metabolic functions of bacteria in the honey bee gut It is presently unclear how much individual community members contribute to the overall metabolic output of a gut microbiota. To address this question, we used the honey bee, which harbors a relatively simple and remarkably...
  2. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Transfer of Immunity from Mother to Offspring Is Mediated via Egg-Yolk Protein Vitellogenin Abstract Insect immune systems can recognize specific pathogens and prime offspring immunity. High specificity of immune priming can be achieved when insect females transfer immune elicitors into...
  3. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Pathogens as Predictors of Honey Bee Colony Strength in England and Wales Inspectors with the UK National Bee Unit were asked for 2007-2008 to target problem apiaries in England and Wales for pathogen screening and colony strength measures. Healthy colonies were included in the sampling to...
  4. Alternative Pollinators
    16S rRNA Amplicon Sequencing Demonstrates that Indoor-Reared Bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) Harbor a Core Subset of Bacteria Normally Associated with the Wild Host A MiSeq multiplexed 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing of the gut microbiota of wild and indoor-reared Bombus terrestris (bumblebees)...
  5. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Caste-Specific Differences in Hindgut Microbial Communities of Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) Host-symbiont dynamics are known to influence host phenotype, but their role in social behavior has yet to be investigated. Variation in life history across honey bee (Apis mellifera) castes may influence...
  6. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Unique Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Hive Component-Based Communities as Detected by a Hybrid of Phospholipid Fatty-Acid and Fatty-Acid Methyl Ester Analyses Microbial communities (microbiomes) are associated with almost all metazoans, including the honey bee Apis mellifera. Honey bees are social...
  7. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Parallel Epigenomic and Transcriptomic Responses to Viral Infection in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) Populations of honey bees are declining throughout the world, with US beekeepers losing 30% of their colonies each winter. Though multiple factors are driving these colony losses, it is...
  8. Bee Forum
    Variation in Honey Bee Gut Microbial Diversity Affected by Ontogenetic Stage, Age and Geographic Location Social honey bees, Apis mellifera, host a set of distinct microbiota, which is similar across the continents and various honey bee species. Some of these bacteria, such as lactobacilli, have...
  9. Bee Forum
    Hidden Diversity in Honey Bee Gut Symbionts Detected by Single-Cell Genomics Microbial communities in animal guts are composed of diverse, specialized bacterial species, but little is known about how gut bacteria diversify to produce genetically and ecologically distinct entities. The gut...
  10. Bee Forum
    Okay, so there's a microbial environment in and around the hive. Those who are paying attention already know that it's important and some of the "why". It seems like the next set of questions is, "How?" How do we put that sort of information to practical use? In one thread, three years ago...
  11. Bee Forum
    Honey Bees Avoid Nectar Colonized by Three Bacterial Species, But Not by a Yeast Species, Isolated from the Bee Gut The gut microflora of the honey bee, Apis mellifera, is receiving increasing attention as a potential determinant of the bees’ health and their efficacy as pollinators. Studies...
  12. Diseases and Pests
    Microbial Gut Diversity of Africanized and European Honey Bee Larval Instars The first step in understanding gut microbial ecology is determining the presence and potential niche breadth of associated microbes. While the core gut bacteria of adult honey bees is becoming increasingly apparent...
  13. Bee Forum
    Do Honeybees Shape the Bacterial Community Composition in Floral Nectar? BCCs in nectar are abundant and diverse (Table 1; Figs. 1 and 2). We also demonstrate that uncovered flowers show different bacterial populations than do covered flowers, indicating that the bacterial community in floral...
  14. Bee Forum
    Antibacterial Immune Competence of Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) Is Adapted to Different Life Stages and Environmental Risks Newly emerged adult worker bees and drones were able to activate efficiently all examined immune reactions. The number of viable bacteria circulating in the haemocoel of...
  15. Bee Forum
    Hi, I work in a lab that investigates the microorganisms that live in the digestive systems of bees. We are looking for beekeepers who would like to donate a few specimens to our study. Very little is understood about these microbes and their function in the bee gut. Your participation could...
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