Date of Thesis
Marie C. Pizzorno
bees, virus, honeybees, European honeybees, deformed wing virus, DWV, CCD, colony collpase disorder, in-situ-hybridization, real-time PCR, bee brains, bee viruses, virus causing behavioral changes
The purpose of the current research project is to design a successful in-situ hybridization to identify regions within the brains of honeybees where DWV replicates. The localization of the virus in the brains of the bees can draw a connection between CCDand DWV.In conclusion, these results demonstrate that in bees infected with DWV the virus replicates actively in very important regions of the brain, including neuropils that are responsible for vision and olfaction. This means that the virus could adversely affect the vision and olfaction of the honeybees making it difficult for bees to behave normally.
Shah, Karan Samir, "Localization of Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) in the Brains of Apis mellifera (European Honey Bees)" (2009). Honors Theses. 19.