Floral shape predicts bee-parasite transmission potential

Rebecca Irwin, Mario Pinilla-Gallego, Wee-Hao Ng & Victoria Amaral
The spread of parasites is one of the primary drivers of population decline of both managed and wild bees. Several bee parasites are transmitted by the shared use of flowers, turning floral resources into potential disease hotspots. However, we know little about how floral morphology and floral species identity affect different steps of the transmission process. Here, we used the gut parasite Crithidia bombi and its primary host, bumble bees (Bombus spp.), to examine whether...
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