26.11.2014 | iDiv, Research

Research study: Pathogen growth in honey bees infected with an exotic parasite versus the original native relative

Photo: luise / pixelio.de

Photo: luise / pixelio.de

Researchers have found that the spread of an exotic honey bee parasite – now found worldwide – is linked not only to its superior competitive ability, but also to climate, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The team of researchers, including Myrsini Natsopoulou from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), who co-led the research alongside Prof. Dr. Dino McMahon from Freie Universität Berlin, and Prof. Robert Paxton/MLU and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) believes that the parasite could become more prevalent in Europe in the future and their findings demonstrate the importance of both parasite competition and climate change in the spread of this emerging disease.

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