Contact: Janet Lathrop
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Caption: Several bees are known to vector mummyberry disease (Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi), an economically important plant pathogen, to blueberry flowers. At the same time, bees can transmit their own pathogens, such as Crithidia bombi (see photo below) at flowers.
Credit: Scott McArt, UMass Amherst
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