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Honey bees as other insects rely on the innate immune system for protection against diseases. The innate immune system includes the circulating hemocytes (immune cells) that clear pathogens from hemolymph

Honey bees as other insects rely on the innate immune system for protection against diseases. The innate immune system includes the circulating hemocytes (immune cells) that clear pathogens from hemolymph (blood) by phagocytosis, nodulation or encapsulation. Honey bee hemocyte numbers have been linked to hemolymph levels of vitellogenin. Vitellogenin is a multifunctional protein with immune-supportive functions identified in a range of species, including the honey bee.

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    • 2017-09-06
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0184108
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      1939-1560

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    Hystad, E. M., Salmela, H., Amdam, G. V., & Münch, D. (2017). Hemocyte-mediated phagocytosis differs between honey bee (Apis mellifera) worker castes. Plos One, 12(9). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0184108

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