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A Mathematical Model for Population and Food Storage Dynamics in a Honey Bee Colony Infected with Nosema ceranae

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Title: A Mathematical Model for Population and Food Storage Dynamics in a Honey Bee Colony Infected with Nosema ceranae
Author: Comper, Reilly
Department: Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Program: Biophysics
Advisor: Eberl, Hermann
Abstract: The microsporidian parasite Nosema ceranae has been suggested as a contributing factor to high wintering losses of Apis mellifera that have occurred in recent years. However, the degree to which N. ceranae affects colony loss remains inconclusive. This thesis presents a mathematical model for N. ceranae infection in a colony of honey bees. As an extension to previous models, we consider food storage dynamics, seasonal parameter variation and N. ceranae transmission to be dependent on an environmental reservoir of infectious spores. We will study the effect of N. ceranae infection on honey bee population size and honey yield over a ten year period. The model is extended to include treatment with the antimicrobial fumagillin that is applied in the fall, spring, or a combined spring and fall treatment. Finally, we perform basic profit analyses to determine if an optimal supplementary sugar feeding and treatment strategy can be found.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/14074
Date: 2018-06
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada


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