Journal of Apicultural Science

Nosema bombi, a microsporidian pathogen of the bumble bee Bombus lucorum

Journal of Apicultural Science. Volume 49, Issue 1, Pages 53-57, ISSN (Print) 1643-4439
This paper reports an examination of N. bombi isolated from the native bumblebee (B. lucorum) in China using electron microscopy to study its morphology, compare with N. bombi (B. terrestris) and N. apis. N. bombi (B. lucorum) is oval, showing blue refraction, its surface is smooth, no characteristic shape was found. And no difference was found between the morphology of N. bombi obtained from B. lucorum and that from B. terrestris, significant differences were found between the ultra-structure of N. bombi (B. lucorum) and that from N. apis. So the results show that N. bombi (B. lucorum) was distinct from N. apis.
bumble bees, Bombus lucorum, Nosema bombi, morphology, ultra-structure
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