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Characterization of the honey bee microbiome throughout the queen-rearing process [Applied and Environmental Microbiology]

by Frédéric Magné - published on , updated on

The European honey bee (Apis mellifera) is used extensively to produce hive products and for crop pollination, but pervasive concerns about colony health and population decline have sparked an interest in the microbial communities that are associated with these important insects. Currently, only the microbiome of workers has been characterized, while little to nothing is known about the bacterial communities that are associated with queens, even though their health and proper function is central to colony productivity.(...)

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