Sweet Treats: Emerging Parasites of Honey Bees
by Courtney MacInnis
This is a virtual event
Courtney MacInnis is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She completed a MSc in Ecology at the University of Alberta in 2017 under the supervision of Drs. Steve Pernal and Andrew Keddie, where she evaluated the viability and infectivity of Nosema ceranae spores in substrates commonly associated with honey bee colonies. As a PhD student co-supervised by Drs. Steve Pernal and Lien Luong, she is investigating the effects of two emerging parasites, N. ceranae and Lotmaria passim, on honey bee physiology and behaviour. Courtney is excited about all honey bee parasites and pathogens … except for those with eight legs!
Sweet treats: Emerging parasites of honey bees
Honey bee health decline is often linked to a number of factors, including the presence of a variety of parasites and pathogens. In this presentation, I will provide recently updated information on the basic biology of two digestive tract parasites of adult honey bees: the microsporidian parasite Nosema ceranae, and the recently characterized trypanosomatid Lotmaria passim. The presentation will also include findings from my ongoing research project regarding the effects of these two parasites on honey bee behaviour and physiology!