In this CELSA project we want to accomplish a technology transfer of the virome analysis methods and the associated bioinformatics pipeline to Charles University by applying these methods on a collection of Czech bees.
Pathogens and pests are highlighted as major constraining factors for declining trends of honeybee population worldwide. However, Africanized honeybees are are less affected by pathogens and pests attack. In order to develop sustainable control systems it is important to understand the mechanisms where honey bees in Africa rely on to control the drivers that cause bee mortality in other parts of the world.
Role of non-pathogenic viruses in efficacy of RNAi in the key pollinator bombus terrestris Ghent University
The main objective of this research hypothesis-driven proposal is to investigate whether latent or chronic non-lethal viral infections interfere with the efficacy of RNAi in insects. Up until now, the impact of such viruses on the RNAi response in insects has not been investigated. The project will make use of multiple biotechnology and insect physiology technologies to realize 5 specific objectives. In brief: deep sequencing technology will ...