9. February 2018

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Perfect Match: Simultaneous Strawberry Pollination & Bio-Sampling of the Plant Pathogenic Bacterium

Abstract In this study we show that honey bee colonies placed in a greenhouse for pollination of strawberry can simultaneously be used to indicate the presence of the plant pathogenic bacterium Erwinia pyrifoliae. This was demonstrated by using two methods of qualitative sacrificial and non-sacrificial bio sampling of the honey bee colony. A novel method…