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The role of disease in bee foraging ecology

The role of disease in bee foraging ecology

Koch, Hauke, Brown, Mark J. F. and Stevenson, Philip C. ORCID: 0000-0002-0736-3619 (2017) The role of disease in bee foraging ecology. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 21. pp. 60-67. ISSN 2214-5753 (Print), 2214-5745 (Online) (doi:

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Diseases have important but understudied effects on bee foraging ecology. Bees transmit and contract diseases on flowers, but floral traits including plant volatiles and inflorescence architecture may affect transmission. Diseases spill over from managed or invasive pollinators to native wild bee species, and impacts of emerging diseases are of particular concern, threatening pollinator populations and pollination services. Here we review how parasites can alter the foraging behaviour of bees by changing floral preferences and impairing foraging efficiency. We also consider how changes to pollinator behaviours alter or reduce pollination services. The availability of diverse floral resources can, however, ameliorate bee diseases and their impacts through better nutrition and antimicrobial effects of plant compounds in pollen and nectar.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crithidia, Nosema, Bombus, Nectar chemistry
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2018 00:38

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