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Detection of Lotmaria passim in Africanized and European honey bees from Uruguay, Argentina and Chile
- Castelli, Loreley, Branchiccela, Belén, Invernizzi, Ciro, Tomasco, Ivanna, Basualdo, Marina, Rodriguez, Marta, Zunino, Pablo, Antúnez, Karina
- Journal of invertebrate pathology 2019 v.160 pp. 95-97
- Crithidia, honey bees, parasites, parasitism, pathogens, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay
- Trypanosomatids affecting honey bees, Crithidia mellificae and Lotmaria passim, have been poorly studied in South America. We therefore analyzed their presence in Africanized and European honeybees from Uruguay, Argentina and Chile collected between 1990 and 2011 and assessed their association with other bee parasites and pathogens. Crithidia mellificae was not detected while L. passim was wide-spread. This report shows that L. passim has been present in this region at least since 2007 and it infects both Africanized and European honey bees. L. passim infected colonies showed high V. destructor parasitization levels, suggesting an association between them.