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Table 1

Experimental groups from the artificial feeding experiment with parameters tested and sample sizes. The sample sizes are higher for three of the groups because they were used to assess the survival rates of the parasite.

Feeding solution Rubbing of bee on Parafilm™ Chamber walls Number of mites (N)
Control feeding Cell culture medium* Yes Gelatine capsule 140
Control feeding w/o rub Cell culture medium* No Gelatine capsule 32
PBS PBS 1X No Gelatine capsule 94
PBS + Parafilm PBS 1X No Gelatine capsule covered with Parafilm 28
Negative control None No Gelatine capsule 82

* = as in Posada-Florez et al. (2020); w/o = without.

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