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Infections of honey bees and bumblebees with Nosema ceranae, a deadly emerging parasite of bees
16540 Hohen Neuendorf / Berlin
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Elke Genersch
Microsporidia are fungal-related, obligate intracellular parasites infecting vertebrates and invertebrates. Three microsporidian species are known to infect bees. Managed Western honey bees (Apis mellifera) and wild bumblebees (Bombus sp.) are frequently found infected by Nosema apis and N. bombi, respectively. N. ceranae has been considered to be specific for the Eastern honey bee (A. cerana) but switched host from A. cerana to A. mellifera approximately 20 years ago and from A. mellifera to Bombus terrestris quite recently. N. ceranae is now considered an emerging and deadly parasite of A. mellifera and Bombus sp. The impact of the emerging parasite N. ceranae on honey bees and bumblebees is poorly understood and molecular details of pathogen-host interaction remain elusive.
Application Deadline: June 15, 2016