Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Honey Bee Disease Overview. 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology, Warwick, Coventry, UK, 3-7 August 2008.

Abstract

This special issue on bee health aims to collect state-of-the-art knowledge on various bee pathogens to provide a solid and up-to-date background for those interested in honey bee infection biology. It provides detailed discussion of the current status and future prospects for the management of bee health. The issue starts with a historical review of managed honey bee populations in Europe and the United States and the factors that may affect them. Three papers review the historical and recent developments in honey bee virology, focusing on viruses with the greatest impact on bee health. Two chapters deal with bacterial pathogens of bees. Reviews are included for bee fungal pathogen Ascosphaera apis. A paper describes the historical and current host ranges of Nosema ceranae and offers contrasts with its congener Nosema apis in a diversity of traits important for bee health, from intrinsic growth rates to the invasion of specific tissues and the relative resilience of spores. Some papers cover the whole range of issues related to infestations of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. The issue closes with a review of how honey bees cope with their many pathogens and parasites by mounting individual and communal disease barriers.