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Research Project: Managing Honey Bees against Disease and Colony Stress

Location: Bee Research Laboratory

Title: Honey bee medicine for the veterinary practitioner: Fungus diseases

item Chen, Yanping - Judy
item Evans, Jay

Submitted to: Honey Bee Medicine for the Veterinary Practitioner
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/3/2019
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Honeybees produce honey, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly, which are used for human consumption; therefore, honey bees are classified as food-producing animals and fall under the veterinarians’ purview regarding the prevention and treatment of honeybee diseases. Fungal diseases of the honeybees, especially Nosema disease caused by the spore-forming intracellular parasite, Nosema, impacts the health and performance of honeybees in multiple ways and is often associated with colony losses worldwide. The chapter Fungus Diseases for the book entitled "The honey bee medicine for the veterinary practitioner” presents an overview of causative agents, biology, pathology, and epidemiology of fungal diseases, and discusses the range of intervention options for prevention and treatment of the various fungal diseases in honeybees. The chapter aims to assist veterinarians in identifying diseases caused by fungal pathogens and to provide some basic information on fungal disease prevention and treatment strategies.