Genome sequences of the honey bee pathogens Paenibacillus larvae and Ascosphaera apis

Insect Mol Biol. 2006 Oct;15(5):715-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2583.2006.00694.x.


Genome sequences offer a broad view of host-pathogen interactions at the systems biology level. With the completion of the sequence of the honey bee, interest in the relevant pathogens is heightened. Here we report the genome sequences of two of the major pathogens of honey bees, the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae (causative agent for American foulbrood disease) and the fungus Ascosphaera apis. (causative agent for chalkbrood disease). Ongoing efforts to characterize the genomes of these species can be used to understand and mitigate the effects of two important pathogens, and will provide a contrast with pathogenic, benign and freeliving relatives.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ascomycota / genetics*
  • Bees / microbiology*
  • Genome, Bacterial*
  • Genome, Fungal*
  • Gram-Positive Endospore-Forming Rods / genetics*