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Characterizing the Impact of Commercial Pollen Substitute Diets on the Level of Nosema spp. in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera L.).

Fleming JC, Schmehl DR, Ellis JD - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: However Nosema spp., a microsporidian parasite of the honey bee, is thought to be associated closely with a colony's nutritional intake, thus possibly negating any benefit the bees otherwise would have received from a nutritional supplement.The overall volume of diet consumed by the bees did not correlate with the level of Nosema in their midguts.Our study illustrates how providing nutritional supplements to adult honey bees can impact the intensity of Nosema in their midguts.

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Affiliation: Entomology and Nematology Department, 970 Natural Area Drive, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 32611, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
Western honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) populations face declines commonly attributed to pesticide, pathogen, and parasite stress. One way beekeepers combat these stressors is by providing supplemental protein diets to honey bee colonies to ensure adequate colony nutrition. However Nosema spp., a microsporidian parasite of the honey bee, is thought to be associated closely with a colony's nutritional intake, thus possibly negating any benefit the bees otherwise would have received from a nutritional supplement. Through three objectives, we examined how adult bees' consumption of wildflower pollen or commercial pollen substitute diets affected Nosema levels in the bees' midguts. For our first objective, we investigated how method of inoculation with Nosema affects infection levels in inoculated bees. Bees were infected with spores of Nosema four days after emergence. On day 15, bees were collected from the cages and Nosema spores were quantified. We found that inoculation through the pollen diet resulted in the highest Nosema levels in inoculated bees. In our second and third objectives, we provided the test diets to caged, newly emerged bees for a period of 15 days. Bees consuming pollen and a sucrose solution had more Nosema in their midguts than did bees consuming the sucrose solution alone (control). The overall volume of diet consumed by the bees did not correlate with the level of Nosema in their midguts. The level of Nosema was higher in bees fed certain commercial pollen substitute diets than in bees fed wildflower pollen. Our study illustrates how providing nutritional supplements to adult honey bees can impact the intensity of Nosema in their midguts.

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The effect of pollen consumption on Nosema levels in bees.Data are the average number of spores per bee (in millions) with the error bars denoting standard error. N = 30 for all treatment groups. The treatment groups (x axis) represent the amount of pollen given to bees/cage. Treatment (amount of pollen provided to the bees) significantly affected the spore levels in bees (ANOVA F5,24 = 33.6, p<0.0001). Posthoc Tukey-HSD pairwise comparisons identified significance between treatments (data with the same letter are not different at α ≤ 0.05).
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pone.0132014.g002: The effect of pollen consumption on Nosema levels in bees.Data are the average number of spores per bee (in millions) with the error bars denoting standard error. N = 30 for all treatment groups. The treatment groups (x axis) represent the amount of pollen given to bees/cage. Treatment (amount of pollen provided to the bees) significantly affected the spore levels in bees (ANOVA F5,24 = 33.6, p<0.0001). Posthoc Tukey-HSD pairwise comparisons identified significance between treatments (data with the same letter are not different at α ≤ 0.05).

Mentions: The amount of pollen provided to the bees had a significant effect on Nosema levels (average number of spores ± s.e. (n = 30)) in the bees (ANOVA F5,24 = 33.6, p<0.0001, Fig 2). There were significantly more Nosema spores in bees fed 0.8 g (28.1 million spores/bee ± 1.0 million spores (n = 5)), 1.6 g (27.8 million spores/bee ± 1.9 million (n = 5)), and 2.0 g (27.6 million spores/bee ± 1.5 million (n = 5)) of pollen than bees fed only 0.4 g of pollen (20.0 million spores/bee ± 2.3 million (n = 5)). Nosema levels in bees fed 1.2 g of pollen (22.4 million spores/bee ± 1.3 million (n = 5)) did not differ significantly from those in bees fed other pollen amounts. Bees fed any amount of pollen had significantly higher Nosema levels than bees fed no pollen at all (2.1 million spores/bee ± 0.24 million (n = 5)).


Characterizing the Impact of Commercial Pollen Substitute Diets on the Level of Nosema spp. in Honey Bees (Apis mellifera L.).

Fleming JC, Schmehl DR, Ellis JD - PLoS ONE (2015)

The effect of pollen consumption on Nosema levels in bees.Data are the average number of spores per bee (in millions) with the error bars denoting standard error. N = 30 for all treatment groups. The treatment groups (x axis) represent the amount of pollen given to bees/cage. Treatment (amount of pollen provided to the bees) significantly affected the spore levels in bees (ANOVA F5,24 = 33.6, p<0.0001). Posthoc Tukey-HSD pairwise comparisons identified significance between treatments (data with the same letter are not different at α ≤ 0.05).
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pone.0132014.g002: The effect of pollen consumption on Nosema levels in bees.Data are the average number of spores per bee (in millions) with the error bars denoting standard error. N = 30 for all treatment groups. The treatment groups (x axis) represent the amount of pollen given to bees/cage. Treatment (amount of pollen provided to the bees) significantly affected the spore levels in bees (ANOVA F5,24 = 33.6, p<0.0001). Posthoc Tukey-HSD pairwise comparisons identified significance between treatments (data with the same letter are not different at α ≤ 0.05).
Mentions: The amount of pollen provided to the bees had a significant effect on Nosema levels (average number of spores ± s.e. (n = 30)) in the bees (ANOVA F5,24 = 33.6, p<0.0001, Fig 2). There were significantly more Nosema spores in bees fed 0.8 g (28.1 million spores/bee ± 1.0 million spores (n = 5)), 1.6 g (27.8 million spores/bee ± 1.9 million (n = 5)), and 2.0 g (27.6 million spores/bee ± 1.5 million (n = 5)) of pollen than bees fed only 0.4 g of pollen (20.0 million spores/bee ± 2.3 million (n = 5)). Nosema levels in bees fed 1.2 g of pollen (22.4 million spores/bee ± 1.3 million (n = 5)) did not differ significantly from those in bees fed other pollen amounts. Bees fed any amount of pollen had significantly higher Nosema levels than bees fed no pollen at all (2.1 million spores/bee ± 0.24 million (n = 5)).

Bottom Line: However Nosema spp., a microsporidian parasite of the honey bee, is thought to be associated closely with a colony's nutritional intake, thus possibly negating any benefit the bees otherwise would have received from a nutritional supplement.The overall volume of diet consumed by the bees did not correlate with the level of Nosema in their midguts.Our study illustrates how providing nutritional supplements to adult honey bees can impact the intensity of Nosema in their midguts.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Entomology and Nematology Department, 970 Natural Area Drive, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 32611, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
Western honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) populations face declines commonly attributed to pesticide, pathogen, and parasite stress. One way beekeepers combat these stressors is by providing supplemental protein diets to honey bee colonies to ensure adequate colony nutrition. However Nosema spp., a microsporidian parasite of the honey bee, is thought to be associated closely with a colony's nutritional intake, thus possibly negating any benefit the bees otherwise would have received from a nutritional supplement. Through three objectives, we examined how adult bees' consumption of wildflower pollen or commercial pollen substitute diets affected Nosema levels in the bees' midguts. For our first objective, we investigated how method of inoculation with Nosema affects infection levels in inoculated bees. Bees were infected with spores of Nosema four days after emergence. On day 15, bees were collected from the cages and Nosema spores were quantified. We found that inoculation through the pollen diet resulted in the highest Nosema levels in inoculated bees. In our second and third objectives, we provided the test diets to caged, newly emerged bees for a period of 15 days. Bees consuming pollen and a sucrose solution had more Nosema in their midguts than did bees consuming the sucrose solution alone (control). The overall volume of diet consumed by the bees did not correlate with the level of Nosema in their midguts. The level of Nosema was higher in bees fed certain commercial pollen substitute diets than in bees fed wildflower pollen. Our study illustrates how providing nutritional supplements to adult honey bees can impact the intensity of Nosema in their midguts.

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