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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Breeding, Genetics, Stock Improvement and Management of Russian Honey Bees for Mite and Small Hive Beetle Control and Pollination

Location: Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology Research

Title: Honey bee fungal pathogen, Ascosphaera apis; current understanding of host-pathogen interactions and host mechanisms of resistance

Authors
item Aronstein, Katherine
item Holloway, Beth

Submitted to: Microbial Pathogenesis
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: December 1, 2013
Publication Date: December 31, 2013
Citation: Aronstein, K.A., Holloway, B.A. 2013. Honey bee fungal pathogen, Ascosphaera apis; current understanding of host-pathogen interactions and host mechanisms of resistance. Microbial Pathogenesis. ISBN (13)1:402-410.

Interpretive Summary: This chapter provides an overview of the profound knowledge accumulated in recent years from genome and transcriptome-wide attempts to determine host immune responses to honey bee fungal diseases and to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) that underline host mechanisms of resistance. Considering the huge economic impact honey bees have on crop production and particularly on pollination of specialty crops, a substantial part of this chapter will be dedicated to improving health and survival of the honey bee.

Technical Abstract: This chapter provides an overview of the profound knowledge accumulated in recent years from genome and transcriptome-wide attempts to determine host immune responses to honey bee fungal diseases and to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) that underline host mechanisms of resistance. Considering the huge economic impact honey bees have on crop production and particularly on pollination of specialty crops, a substantial part of this chapter will be dedicated to improving health and survival of the honey bee. Described in this chapter, the latest achievements in basic honey bee research, disease detection methods and pathology provide a better understanding of current and future directions in this field of research to breed a better bee and/or develop novel anti-microbial drugs protecting bees from invasive mycoses.

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