A Metagenomic Survey of Microbes in Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

  title={A Metagenomic Survey of Microbes in Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder},
  author={D. Cox-Foster and S. Conlan and E. Holmes and Gustavo Palacios and J. Evans and N. Moran and Phenix-Lan Quan and T. Briese and M. Hornig and D. Geiser and V. Martinson and D. vanEngelsdorp and Abby L. Kalkstein and A. Drysdale and J. Hui and J. Zhai and L. Cui and S. Hutchison and J. F. Simons and M. Egholm and J. Pettis and W. I. Lipkin},
  pages={283 - 287}
  • D. Cox-Foster, S. Conlan, +19 authors W. I. Lipkin
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • In colony collapse disorder (CCD), honey bee colonies inexplicably lose their workers. [...] Key Method We used an unbiased metagenomic approach to survey microflora in CCD hives, normal hives, and imported royal jelly. Candidate pathogens were screened for significance of association with CCD by the examination of samples collected from several sites over a period of 3 years. One organism, Israeli acute paralysis virus of bees, was strongly correlated with CCD.Expand Abstract

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