Alien parasite hitchhikes to Patagonia on invasive bumblebee

@article{Arbetman2012AlienPH,
  title={Alien parasite hitchhikes to Patagonia on invasive bumblebee},
  author={M. Arbetman and I. Meeus and C. Morales and M. Aizen and G. Smagghe},
  journal={Biological Invasions},
  year={2012},
  volume={15},
  pages={489-494}
}
The worldwide trade in bumblebees can lead to the spread of diseases, which in turn has been claimed as a factor in bumblebee decline. Populations of the introduced Bombus terrestris, which invaded NW Patagonia, Argentina, in 2006, harbor the highly pathogenic protozoan Apicystis bombi. We asked whether A. bombi had been co-introduced with B. terrestris, and if so, whether spillover occurred to the two resident bumblebee species in the region: the introduced European Bombus ruderatus and the… Expand

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