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Bee viruses past, present & future
Arguably the most serious threat to honey bees worldwide are viruses, some of which can also be found in other insect species. What is the evidence for spillover, what impact do they have and how can they be controlled?

Jan 19, 2022 08:00 PM in London

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Professor Robert Paxton
@Institute for Biology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, D-06099 Halle (Saale), Germany
A graduate of Sussex University, where he undertook a PhD on sex ratios in solitary wasps in 1985, Robert subsequently learnt all about bees and beekeeping under Professors Robert Pickard and John Free at Cardiff University in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. He moved to Uppsala University (Sweden) in 1993 and then to the University of Tübingen (Germany) in 1996, where he researched the genetics of social evolution in bees, before moving to Queen’s University Belfast in 2003, where he expanded his research to include pollination by bees and conservation genetics. In 2010, he moved back to Germany, to the University of Halle, to take up a chair in zoology, and where he has re-established his group working on bee biology, including their parasites. His main research areas are: social evolution, host-parasite relations, pollination and conservation genetics, deformed wing virus and its interactions with honey bees and wild bee species.