Parasitology Research

, Volume 110, Issue 6, pp 2557–2561

Critical aspects of the Nosema spp. diagnostic sampling in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies

  • Cristina Botías
  • Raquel Martín-Hernández
  • Aránzazu Meana
  • Mariano Higes
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s00436-011-2760-2

Cite this article as:
Botías, C., Martín-Hernández, R., Meana, A. et al. Parasitol Res (2012) 110: 2557. doi:10.1007/s00436-011-2760-2

Abstract

Nosemosis is one of the most widespread of the adult honey bee diseases and causes major economic losses to beekeepers. Two microsporidia have been described infecting honey bees worldwide, Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae, whose seasonality and pathology differ markedly. An increasing prevalence of microsporidian infections in honey bees has been observed worldwide during the last years. Because nosemosis has detrimental effects on both strength and productivity of the infected colonies, an accurate and reliable method to evaluate the presence of Nosema in honey bee colonies is needed. In this study a high degree of variability in the detection of microsporidia depending on the random subsample analyzed was found, suggesting that both sample size and the time of collection (month and day of sampling) notably affect the diagnosis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Botías
    • 1
  • Raquel Martín-Hernández
    • 1
    • 2
  • Aránzazu Meana
    • 3
  • Mariano Higes
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorio de Patología Apícola, Centro Apícola Regional (CAR)Junta de Comunidades de Castilla La ManchaMarchamaloSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Recursos Humanos para la Ciencia y Tecnología, INCRECYT (FEDER funds), Parque Científico de AlbaceteAlbaceteSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Sanidad Animal, Facultad de VeterinariaUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain

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