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Sustainable Solutions to Problems Affecting Bee Health

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Pathogens including viruses are known to be major contributors in the decline of honeybee colonies, yet we are only now beginning to understand the epizootiology of these agents. A primary reason for this lack of knowledge is the microscopic and submicroscopic nature of these bee pathogens. As part of our research we have developed and are continuing to develop molecular methods that allow us to detect and monitor the prevalence and spread of these infectious agents in bee populations.
In addition, we will be exploring the utility of small bio-reactive molecules for use in controlling viruses and protozoan pathogens without harming bees.