Deformed wing virus, the cause of colony collapse disorder in honeybees

Deformed wing virus
01 January 2011 → 31 December 2016
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • General biology
    • Microbiology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Microbiology
    • Microbiology
    • Microbiology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
colony losses behavioural changes proteomics honeybee virus
Project description

recently, honybee populations underwent a decline. We will test whether deformed wing virus (DWV) might induce behavioral alternations, and whether DWV is associated with this decline in Belgium. This will be investigated via a behavioural assay. Finally, we hypothesize that some bees can suppress DWV. hrough a comparison of infected and healthy bees, we will study its immunologicall mechanism.