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J Invertebr Pathol. 2010 Jan;103 Suppl 1:S5-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jip.2009.06.016. Epub 2009 Dec 21.

European foulbrood in honey bees.

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Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, PO Box 7044, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden. eva.forsgren@ekol.slu.se

Abstract

European foulbrood (EFB) is a severe bacterial brood disease caused by the Gram-positive bacterium Melissocccus plutonius. The disease has a worldwide distribution and is an increasing problem in some areas. Although the causative agent of EFB was described almost a century ago, many basic aspects of its pathogenesis are still unknown. This review presents both historical results and recent molecular data to synthesize present knowledge of this enigmatic honey bee disease.

PMID:
20105559
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10.1016/j.jip.2009.06.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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