Worker Honey Bee Response to Infection with Nosema apis: Influence of Diet

Authors: Rinderer, Thomas E.; Dell Elliott, Kathleen

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 70, Number 4, August 1977 , pp. 431-433(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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In 2 experiments, adult workers of Apis mellifera L. were individually fed either spores of Nosema apis Zander or a sucrose solution and then transferred on the basis of common treatment to cages. The 2 treatment groups were each subdivided into 2 further groups. One was fed only syrup and the other was fed syrup and proteinaceous food. In one experiment, the proteinaceous food was mixed-floral-source pollen; in the other experiment, food was a pollen substitute. Protein food increased both the longevity of bees, whether or not they received spores. and also increased Nosema spore development. While spore feeding generally reduced longevities in both experiments, the numerical difference between longevities of spore-fed-bees and bees not fed spores was greater when the bees were feci protein. Thus, protein food increased the usefulness of mortality as a measure of worker bee response to Nosema infection.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1977

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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