A novel bee host cannot detect a microbial parasite, in contrast to its original host

Choppin, M., and Lach, L. (2022) A novel bee host cannot detect a microbial parasite, in contrast to its original host. Insectes Sociaux, 69. pp. 289-292.

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Abstract

Organisms that can detect parasites may have a greater likelihood of avoiding exposure to them. We would expect hosts that share an evolutionary history with a parasite to be more likely to detect and avoid it compared to novel hosts. Nosema ceranae is a gut parasite of the Asian honey bee, Apis cerana, that has relatively recently been detected in the western honey bee, Apis mellifera. Using a Proboscis Extension Response assay, we found that A. cerana was significantly more likely than A. mellifera to avoid sucrose solutions with concentrations above 1 x 10(6) N. ceranae spores per mL. However, neither species avoided the sucrose solutions with lower N. ceranae concentrations, similar to those detected on flowers.

Item ID: 73774
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1420-9098
Keywords: Apis cerana, Apis mellifera, Behavior, Nosema ceranae, Parasite detection, Proboscis extension response
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Research Data: https://doi.org/10.25903/28xb-cy60
Date Deposited: 11 May 2022 08:14
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