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Peter Graystock, Kathryn Yates, Sophie E. F. Evison, Ben Darvill, Dave Goulson and William O. H. Hughes The Trojan hives: pollinator pathogens, imported and distributed in bumblebee colonies Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 18 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12134

The results demonstrate that commercially produced bumblebee colonies carry multiple, infectious parasites that pose a significant risk to other native and managed pollinators. More effective disease detection and management strategies are urgently needed to reduce the pathogen spillover threat from commercially produced bumblebees.

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