Mobile-phone microscope detects the 'silent killer' of honey bees
02/02/19 16:46 Filed in: Parasites
Currently, the only approach to diagnose the disease in bees caused by parasites is accurately is through the detection of parasite spores using a light microscope. However, this traditional testing is performed in laboratory settings and requires expert operation. Therefore, a beekeeper must send local samples to a remote laboratory for accurate diagnosis, which is time-consuming and expensive. Researchers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, USA, in collaboration with the Department of Biology at Barnard College USA, have developed a mobile-phone microscope that enables rapid and automated detection of Nosema spores in honey bees in field settings. This mobile and cost-effective platform, weighing only 0.8 pounds, is composed of a smartphone based fluorescence microscope, a custom-developed smartphone application and an easy to perform sample preparation protocol that enables fluorescence tagging of bee parasite spores even in the field.
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