Nosema bombi: A pollinator parasite with detrimental fitness effects.

  title={Nosema bombi: A pollinator parasite with detrimental fitness effects.},
  author={Oliver Otti and Paul Schmid-Hempel},
  journal={Journal of invertebrate pathology},
  volume={96 2},
Nosema bombi is an obligate intracellular parasite that infects different bumblebee species at a substantial, though variable, rate. To date its pathology and impact on host fitness are not well understood. We performed a laboratory experiment investigating the pathology and fitness effects of this parasite on the bumblebee Bombus terrestris. We experimentally infected one group of colonies with N. bombi spores at the start of the worker production, while a second uninfected group of colonies… CONTINUE READING

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