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A Mathematical Model for a N. ceranae Infection in an A. mellifera Colony

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dc.contributor.advisor Eberl, Hermann J.
dc.contributor.author Petric, Alexander T.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-09T15:25:48Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-09T15:25:48Z
dc.date.copyright 2016-05
dc.date.created 2016-04-28
dc.date.issued 2016-05-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9632
dc.description.abstract The Western honey bee (Apis mellifera), a eusocial insect commonly kept to produce honey and pollinate crops, is a ffected by numerous stressors such as viruses, mites, pesticides, and weather. In recent years, colony losses have increased interest in the study of these stressors. Here, we present a model for the parasitic fungus Nosema ceranae, a spore-forming microsporidian which infects bees via a fecal-oral pathway and has been implicated in widespread colony failures in recent years. Insofar as possible, we analyze the stability of the system and present simulation results for the model. We further include in the model the e ffects of neonicotinoid pesticides on colony health. We conclude by studying the potential use of treatment strategies to mitigate the disease's e ffects. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, Ontario Graduate Scholarship en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject honey bees en_US
dc.subject mathematical modelling en_US
dc.subject disease model en_US
dc.subject Nosema Ceranae en_US
dc.subject Apis Mellifera en_US
dc.subject ordinary differential equations en_US
dc.title A Mathematical Model for a N. ceranae Infection in an A. mellifera Colony en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Mathematics and Statistics en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Mathematics and Statistics en_US
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