Honey bee diseases threaten wild bumblebees

New report highlights interspecies transmission of pathogens

Mar 06, 2014


Honey bees are traded and distributed around the world for crop pollination and hive products. And worldwide, these honey bees share their foraging sites with wild pollinators

These are some of the factors that facilitate pathogen transmission from managed honey bees to wild pollinators - says the Royal Holloway University report that has recently been published in the renowned magazine Nature (Vol. 506, 20 February 2014).

The spill-over of pathogens makes domesticated honey bees a potential threat to a range of wild pollinators worldwide, explains the report. As a worst case scenario, the transmission of infectious diseases to wildlife populations might drive them to extinction, particularly if they are already vulnerable.

The report therefore calls for increased control of pathogens such as the Deformed Wing Virus and Nosema ceranae in managed honey bee populations.

The studies for the report were conducted by several institutes in Europe under the leadership of the Royal Holloway University in London.

Find the comlete report here.

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