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...