Centre for Integrative Bee Research, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, School of Molecular Sciences

Kamalpreet Brar

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Honeybees (Apis mellifera) are social insects living in close proximity, which presents ideal conditions for pathogen spread. Recent worldwide declines in honeybee populations have been attributed to several biotic and abiotic factors, but critical contributors are parasites and pathogens. The fungal pathogen Nosema apis is particularly widespread in Western Australian honeybees. Infection with N. apis reduces the strength and productivity of the colony, particularly in winter. This thesis explores the impact of genetic variation in N. apis on immunity in honeybees, and how genetic variation in N. apis influences resistance to antimicrobial components, such as chitinases, in honeybee seminal fluid.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Millar, Harvey, Supervisor
  • Baer, Boris, Supervisor
  • Grassl, Julia, Supervisor
  • Waters, Mark, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date22 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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