Long-term effects of antibiotic treatments on honeybee colony fitness – a modelling approach

Laura Bulson, Matthias Becher, Trevelyan McKinley & Lena Wilfert
1. Gut microbiome disequilibrium is increasingly implicated in host fitness reductions, including for the economically important and disease-challenged western honey bee, Apis mellifera. In lab experiments the antibiotic tetracycline, which is used to prevent American Foulbrood Disease in countries including the US, elevates honey bee mortality by disturbing the microbiome. It is unclear however, how elevated individual mortality affects colony level fitness. 2. We used an agent-based model (BEEHAVE) and empirical data to assess colony...
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