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first detection of the larval chalkbrood disease pathogen ascosphaera apis (ascomycota: eurotiomycetes: ascosphaerales) in adult bumble bees.fungi in the genus ascosphaera (ascomycota: eurotiomycetes: ascosphaerales) cause chalkbrood disease in larvae of bees. here, we report the first-ever detection of the fungus in adult bumble bees that were raised in captivity for studies on colony development. wild queens of bombus griseocollis, b. nevadensis and b. vosnesenskii were collected and maintained for establishment of nests. queens that died during rearing or that did not lay eggs within one month of capture were dissected, and tissue ...201525885679
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