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American foulbrood of honey bees

Last Modified: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:33:53 IST
Disease name
American foulbrood of honey bees
Species affected
American foulbrood (AFB) affects the larval stage of the honey bee Apis mellifera and other Apis spp. and occurs throughout the world. Paenibacillus larvae, the causative organism, is a bacterium that can produce over one billion spores in each infected larva. The spores are extremely resistant to heat and chemical agents, and can survive for many years in scales (from diseased dead brood),hive products and equipment. Only the spores are capable of inducing the infection.
Status in Ireland
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland
DAFM Division Responsible
Ag Horticulture and Plant Health
Gabriel Roe SI/Ted Massey AI
Link to relevant external website