The trisaccharide melezitose impacts honey bees and their intestinal microbiota

Victoria Seeburger, Paul D'Alvise, Basel Shaaban, Karsten Schweikert, Getrud Lohaus, Annette Schroeder & Martin Hasselmann
In general, honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) feed on honey produced from collected nectar. In the absence of nectar, during certain times of the year or in monocultural landscapes, honey bees forage on honeydew. Honeydew is excreted by different herbivores of the order Hemiptera that consume phloem sap of plant species. In comparison to nectar, honeydew is composed of a higher variety of sugars and additional sugars with higher molecular weight, like the trisaccharide melezitose...
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