Research Molecular Biologist
Vincent A Ricigliano
I am applying a systems approach towards understanding and improving honey bee health at multiple levels of organizational complexity. Honey bee colonies are adaptively organized entities that acquire and assimilate nutrition on a landscape scale. Agriculturally and economically, the colony is the most important unit of honey bee organization. I am using molecular genetic techniques to measure colony-level effects of nutrition and landscape dynamics in a commercial beekeeping operation involved in almond pollination.
A single colony is comprised of thousands of individual bees, therefore I also study physiology at the individual level. I am interested in how diet influences digestive processes, metabolism, and gut microbiome signaling.
The digestive tract of an individual bee is populated by a core microbial community comprising ~10^9 bacterial cells. These bacteria can be considered a physiological extension of the host, or an understudied organ which contributes to host digestive processes and nutrition. I am characterizing metabolic functions of gut bacteria and their contribution to bee nutrition and health.
I am also working on a biological control strategy against the Varroa mite, a devastating honey bee parasite.
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- Honey bees overwintering in a southern climate: longitudinal effects of diet and queen age on colony-level molecular physiology and performance-(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ricigliano, V.A., Mott, B.M., Floyd, A.S., Copeland, D.C., Carroll, M.J., Anderson, K.E. 2018. Honey bees overwintering in a southern climate: longitudinal effects of diet and queen age on colony-level molecular physiology and performance. Scientific Reports. https://doi:10.1038/s41598-018-28732-z.
- The queen's gut refines with age: longevity phenotypes in a social insect model-(Peer Reviewed Journal)
- The impact of pollen consumption on honey bee digestive physiology and carbohydrate metabolism-(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ricigliano, V.A., Fitz, W., Copeland, D.C., Mott, B.M., Maes, P., Floyd, A.S., Dockstader, A., Anderson, K.E. 2017. The impact of pollen consumption on honey bee digestive physiology and carbohydrate metabolism. Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1002/arch.21406.
- Honey bee gut dysbiosis: A novel context for disease ecology-(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Anderson, K.E., Ricigliano, V.A. 2017. Honey bee gut dysbiosis: a novel context for disease ecology. Current Opinion in Insect Science. doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2017.05.020.