Controlling pathogens in honey bee hives

Honey bees serve as an immense agricultural and economic source of influence, providing honey and vital pollination services. However, honey bees are also prone to disease and parasitic infection, which has contributed to their decline in recent years, along with pesticide use and nutritional stress. Controlling varroa mites and similar […]

Environmental factors and body size effects on helminth transmission in mole crabs

Infections from helminths, also known as parasitic worms, can result in a health burden on the host species and pose significant ecological consequences. Understanding the dynamics behind parasite transmission, including possible environmental conditions that may play a role, is vital to understanding disease transmission more broadly. Mole crabs are affected […]

Protecting human health through landscape immunity

When humans alter the natural landscape, it increases the risk of zoonotic spillover, which is when a disease jumps from wildlife to humans. Disease spillover can be dangerous because it introduces novel illnesses that may be difficult to control or treat in human populations. These disease spillover events can occur […]

Classifying bracoviruses, ichnoviruses and virus-like particles

Wasps are rarely regarded as endearing creatures, but perhaps none less so than parasitoid wasps. Parasitoid wasps are a large family of wasp species that implant their eggs or larvae in or on the bodies of certain insect hosts, eventually leading to the death of that insect.  This implantation becomes […]

Identifying upcoming epidemic waves using new model

Epidemics can isolate people from one another, negatively affect the health of people across the world and cause economic declines that take countries months to years to recover from. Avoiding these epidemic impacts can be essential to preserving human wellbeing, but it remains extremely difficult when there is little understanding […]

Versteria species infections and implications for human health

The Versteria genus includes two species of tapeworm, the Versteria mustelae, and an unnamed species that has been implicated in the fatal infections of various intermediate host species across North America. Given that relatively little is known about this unnamed species, researchers are interested in further characterizing the tapeworm and […]

Impacts of hydrogen peroxide on honey bee foraging preferences

Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are an iconic species in the United States known for their distinctive appearance, production of honey and unique social structure that prioritizes the wellbeing of the group as a whole rather than as individuals. This unusual approach to survival results in honey bees investing in group […]

An evaluation of host-virus network sciences

Whether due to improved surveillance or an increasing rate of emergence, our awareness about the number of viruses that can infect humans continues to increase.  Viral zoonoses are a predominant reason why infectious diseases continue to increase in human populations.  Zoonotic viral pathogens have the potential to jump from animal […]

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