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Influence of carbon dioxide onNosema apisinfection of honeybees (Apis mellifera)

Authors
Journal
Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
0022-2011
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
95
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jip.2007.02.001
Keywords
  • Nosema Apis
  • Nosema Disease
  • Honey Bee
  • Apis Mellifera
  • Carbon Dioxide

Abstract

Abstract Young workers of the honeybee Apis mellifera carnica were individually inoculated with Nosema apis spores subjected to carbon dioxide (CO 2) treatment. The spores were kept in a CO 2 atmosphere for 30, 35 and 40 h. The course of the infection was evaluated on the basis of the survival rate of bee workers and the number of N. apis spores in their digestive tracts. CO 2 treatment of N. apis spores resulted in faster proliferation of the parasite as well as higher mortality among workers infected with spores kept in CO 2 for 30 and 35 h.

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