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Title: Managed pollinator CAP Coordinated Agricultural Project

item Aronstein, Katherine

Submitted to: American Bee Journal
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/18/2010
Publication Date: 5/8/2010
Citation: Aronstein, K.A. 2010. Managed pollinator CAP Coordinated Agricultural Project. American Bee Journal. 150(1):63-65.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Scientists are looking at the root cause of the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) syndrome; searching for new diseases, harmful chemicals or a combination of these factors which could inflict stress on bee colonies pushing them over the edge for recovery. Among multiple suspects identified so far, bee viruses and a microscopic Nosema parasite have attracted the most attention in the press. Here, we describe the development of a rapid and simple identification tool for detection of N. ceranae. The final product, a dipstick assay for the detection of Nosema spores in bee samples, will be developed in collaboration with private biotechnology companies. This new test will help beekeepers make educated decisions about disease management. Most impotently, this new tool will: 1) encourage reduced use of antibiotics since it will discourage unnecessary treatments; 2) give regulators new decision-making tools in regards to inter-state and international bee movement; and 3) give producers of queens and package bees a means to detect and monitor Nosema levels in their production colonies.