Vulnerability of island insect pollinator communities to pathogens

Brettell, LE, Martin, SJ ORCID:, Riegler, M and Cook, JM 2021, 'Vulnerability of island insect pollinator communities to pathogens' , Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 186 , p. 107670.

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Island ecosystems, which often contain undescribed insects and small populations of single island endemics, are at risk from diverse threats. The spread of pathogens is a major factor affecting not just pollinator species themselves, but also posing significant knock-on effects to often fragile island ecosystems through disruption of pollination networks. Insects are vulnerable to diverse pathogens and these can be introduced to islands in a number of ways, e.g. via the introduction of infected managed pollinator hosts (e.g. honey bees and their viruses, in particular Deformed wing virus), long-range migrants (e.g. monarch butterflies and their protozoan parasite, Ophryocystit elektroscirrha) and invasive species (e.g. social wasps are common invaders and are frequently infected with multi-host viruses such as Kashmir bee virus and Moku virus). Furthermore, these introductions can negatively affect island ecosystems through outcompeting native taxa for resources. As such, the greatest threat to island pollinator communities is not one particular pathogen, but the combination of pathogens and introduced and invasive insects that will likely carry them. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.]

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From PubMed via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: eissn 1096-0805 **Article IDs: pubmed: 34560107; pii: S0022-2011(21)00137-3 **History: accepted 14-09-2021; revised 26-07-2021; submitted 29-06-2020
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0022-2011
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Funders: Hort Frontiers Pollination Fund (Hort Innovation)
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2021 12:31
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2022 02:30

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