Ascosphaera apis is a fungal pathogen of honey bee larvae (genus Apis) and is responsible for chalkbrood disease. We are exploring non-invasive treatment methods that both reduces mortality and preserves the edibility of the honey.

The Honeybee Project at Georgia State University

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Opposing mating types of Ascosphaera apis growing on agar, producing spores at the meeting-point (© Kyle Gabriel, Georgia State University)

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Ascosphaera apis conidia and mycelia (© John Neville, Georgia State University)

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Multiple-hive apiary at Georgia Institute of Technology (© Kyle Gabriel, Georgia State University)

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Bees and honey used for research (© Kyle Gabriel, Georgia State University)

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Larvae is collected for studying infection and treatment methods (© Kyle Gabriel, Georgia State University)