Tag Archives: insects

The Buzz about Honey Bee Viruses

This short review presents current understanding of the role of viruses on honey bee health and address some overarching questions in honey bee virology. Why Should I Be Concerned about Honey Bee Colony Losses and What Is Colony Collapse Disorder … Continue reading

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Let’s get things in perspective

Malaria kills thousands of times more people than Ebola virus each year. Continue reading

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Why Bees Need Their AMPs

Leicester research shows for the first time that antimicrobial peptides have a functional role in anti-Crithidia defense. Continue reading

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Bed Bugs and Infectious Diseases: 100 Years of Asking the Wrong Questions

It seems natural that bed bugs would transmit infectious agents but more than 100 years of searching has produced little evidence to support this. Continue reading

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Tick-borne encephalitis under surveillance

I’m in Edinburgh today, taling at the annual meeting of Eurosurveillance, so as a warm up, here’s an intereting story from Eurosurveillance: Climate and environmental changes are suspected as major determinants that alter the distribution and transmission patterns of certain … Continue reading

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A Virus Bottleneck

Every year I get excitied and rant at my virology students about how amazing it is that a virus can have more than more host, i.e. for viruses which undergo propagative transmission, replicating in both the “host” and the “vector”. … Continue reading

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10 things you didn't know about Schmallenberg virus (aka WTF is "Schmallenberg virus"?)

First it was foot and mouth virus. Then it was bluetongue virus. Now it is Schmallenberg virus. So here’s 10 things you didn’t know about Schmallenberg virus: Schmallenberg virus was first isolated in Schmallenberg, Germany, in November 2011. Schmallenberg virus … Continue reading

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Bees on their knees

Although honey bee pathology has been a field of study since ancient Greece, many questions remain regarding the impacts of microbes upon bee health. Continue reading

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First insect Nidovirus is a missing evolutionary link

Research in virology is driven by characterization of a limited number of socioeconomically important pathogens, mostly infecting humans. Yet characterization of other viruses may advance our understanding of these pathogens and the fundamentals of virology. Continue reading

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