Project

Effects of non-pathogenic viruses on RNAi in the key pollinator Bombus terrestris

Duration
01 October 2013 → 30 September 2017
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • General biology
    • Microbiology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
Keywords
pollinators RNAi viruses
 
Project description

In this project, it will be investigated whether latent or chronic infections of nonlethal viruses interfere with the efficacy of RNAi and this in the key pollinator Bombus terrestris (bumblebees). The viruses present in the bumblebee will be identified and their genomes sequenced and subsequently the mechanism of inhibition of the RNAi machinery will be investigated