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Factors affecting development of chalkbrood disease in colonies of honey bees, Apis mellifera, fed pollen contaminated with Ascosphaera apis

Factors affecting development of chalkbrood disease in colonies of honey bees, Apis mellifera, fed pollen contaminated with Ascosphaera apis

Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 522: 314-325

Using improved methods, colonies of honeybees selected and bred for resistance and for susceptibility to chalk brood disease were inoculated with Ascosphaera apis in pollen patties. Good hygienic behaviour, defined as uncapping and removal of freeze-killed sealed brood by worker bees, was correlated with resistance to the disease in most of the test colonies. Resistant colonies had fewer hive substrates contaminated with the pathogen than susceptible colonies.

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DOI: 10.1016/0022-2011(88)90141-3

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