Larvae act as a transient transmission hub for the prevalent bumblebee parasite Crithidia bombi. / Folly, Arran; Koch, Hauke; Stevenson, Philip; Brown, Mark.

In: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, Vol. 148, 09.2017, p. 81-85.

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Larvae act as a transient transmission hub for the prevalent bumblebee parasite Crithidia bombi. / Folly, Arran; Koch, Hauke; Stevenson, Philip; Brown, Mark.

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Folly, Arran ; Koch, Hauke ; Stevenson, Philip ; Brown, Mark. / Larvae act as a transient transmission hub for the prevalent bumblebee parasite Crithidia bombi. In: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. 2017 ; Vol. 148. pp. 81-85.

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