Do managed bees drive parasite spread and emergence in wild bees?

Graystock, Peter, Blane, Edward J, McFrederick, Quinn S, Goulson, Dave and Hughes, William O H (2016) Do managed bees drive parasite spread and emergence in wild bees? International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 5 (1). pp. 64-75. ISSN 2213-2244

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Bees have been managed and utilised for honey production for centuries and, more recently, pollination services. Since the mid 20th Century, the use and production of managed bees has intensified with hundreds of thousands of hives being moved across countries and around the globe on an annual basis. However, the introduction of unnaturally high densities of bees to areas could have adverse effects. Importation and deployment of managed honey bee and bumblebees may be responsible for parasite introductions or a change in the dynamics of native parasites that ultimately increases disease prevalence in wild bees. Here we review the domestication and deployment of managed bees and explain the evidence for the role of managed bees in causing adverse effects on the health of wild bees. Correlations with the use of managed bees and decreases in wild bee health from territories across the globe are discussed along with suggestions to mitigate further health reductions in wild bees.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Domesticated; Apis; Commercial; Bumble bee; Honey bee; Bombus; Farming; Intensification; Pollination service; Disease
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: William Hughes
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 08:13
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 01:52

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Development and verification of a standardised protocol for the detection of parasite infection levels in commercially-produced bumblebee coloniesG1187NERC-NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCILNE/L002760/1