ABRC2010 Molecular Diagnostics of Nosema ceranae and apis from Honey Bees in New York

Bee Health August 13, 2013|Print

The following was presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

31. Szalanski, A., J. Whitaker & P. Cappy – MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS OF NOSEMA CERANAE AND N. APIS FROM HONEY BEES IN NEW YORK - Molecular diagnostics of the invasive honey bee pathogens, Nosema ceranae and N. apis, were conducted on honey bees from New York. A total of 1200 honey bee samples were collected by NYSDAM bee inspectors, of which, 528 (44%), from 49 counties had a positive Nosema spore count. Spore counts were the highest in the Spring and decreased into the Fall. PCR genetic analysis on 371 spore-positive samples revealed that 96% were N. ceranae, 3% had both N. ceranae and N. apis, and 1% had N. apis. Nosema ceranae was more common in commercial operations relative to sideliner and hobbyist beekeepers. A preliminary molecular phylogenetic analysis of N. ceranae from New York revealed that it is identical to N. ceranae from Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Europe and Australia.

More presentations from this conference can be found at Proceedings of the American Bee Research Conference 2010