Spores of Ascosphaera apis contained in wax foundation can infect honeybee brood.

@article{Flores2005SporesOA,
  title={Spores of Ascosphaera apis contained in wax foundation can infect honeybee brood.},
  author={J. A. M{\'a}rquez Flores and Marla Spivak and Irene Lizeth Manotas Guti{\'e}rrez},
  journal={Veterinary microbiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={108 1-2},
  pages={
          141-4
        }
}
Chalkbrood disease in honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) is caused by an infection with Ascosphaera apis. Disease expression requires the consumption of fungal spores and a predisposing condition in the susceptible brood. A. apis spores within sheets of wax foundation could be a source of inoculum leading to chalkbrood, but it is also possible that these spores remain confined in the wax and do not contribute to disease. We have resolved this topic by chilling susceptible brood within wax combs… CONTINUE READING
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