MONITOR, MONITOR, MONITOR!!!

By Renata Borba, Tech Transfer Program Lead When it comes to disease prevention and treatment, if you don’t know what you are fighting, you may be taking the wrong measures. It is very important to continuously monitor for diseases and manage them properly. The year of 2019 was a challenging year for most beekeepers in...

New Beekeeper Services

By Renata Borba, Tech Transfer Program Lead, ABC The Alberta Beekeepers Commission recently launched two new service offerings as part of the Technology Transfer Program (TTP). These tailor-made services have been specifically designed to support the needs of commercial beekeepers in Alberta and provide valuable monitoring, testing, and evaluation of pests and pathogens in your...

Nosema Ceranae and Lotmaria Passim, a dynamic duo

By Courtney Macinnis, Phd Student, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada And University Of Alberta Notorious Nosema ceranae – what is it and what does it do? Nosema ceranae is a highly specialized fungal parasite capable of causing disease in adult honey bees. Honey bees become infected with N. ceranae by ingesting spores of the parasite, which...

Apimondia 2019

Highlights from the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress in Montreal The Alberta Beekeepers Commission was proud to represent the Alberta beekeeping industry at the 46th Apimondia International Apiculture Congress and ApiExpo event in Montreal in September. Together with beekeepers, honey producers, researchers, industry professionals and other delegates from across the globe,Apimondia was an amazing opportunity...

American Foulbrood (Part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of AMERICAN FOULBROOD by Dr. Meghan Milbrath Diagnosis of AFB: Laboratory analysis AFB spores can be characterized through microscopic identification, culture, or molecular techniques. For more information on laboratory diagnosis of AFB, read Diagnosis of American Foulbrood in honey bees: a synthesis and proposed analytical protocols (https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/ download/28123/PDF), and the COLOSS standards for American...

European Foulbrood

By the Agriculture and Forestry Bee Health Assurance Team Background European foulbrood (Melissococcus plutonius) is a brood disease of honey bees, with near global distribution. In Alberta, European foulbrood (EFB) is listed as a bee disease under the Alberta Bee Regulation. Typically, symptoms of EFB ariseearly in the season, and spontaneously resolve with a strong...

Honey Bee Diseases, Pests,Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment – American Foulbrood (Part 1 of 2)

The clustered and warm environment of the honey bee colony provides a favorable condition for growth of many pathogens. As a result, honey bees act as a host for a multitude of pathogens and parasites. Protecting bees from pathogens and disease is an integral component of the hive management, which requires dedication to learning about...