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Development of a method of biological control of European foulbrood in honeybees to supersede antibiotic treatments ... - HL0161LHB

Description
Honeybees are seriously affected by European foulbrood (EFB) a statutory notifiable bacterial disease. It is widespread in the England and Wales currently affecting nearly 900 colonies annually.
EFB is caused by the enterococcal-like bacterium, Melissocuccus pluton. The disease manifests itself by growing in thick clots in the guts of the honey bee larvae along with minor other bacterial component, typically non-pathogenic and spore-forming Bacillus spescies.
The current controls are the destruction of highly infected colonies by burning or treating less severly infected colonies with antibiotic (oxytetracycline ). These raise issues of resistence.

The aim of this project is to provide a natural method for the treatment and control of EFB in honeybee colonies which could be used by beekeepers, replacing the current oxytetracycline treatment.
Project Documents
• Executive Summary : Development of a method of biological control of European foulbrood in honeybees to supersede antibiotic treatments ...   (194k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2003

Cost: £103,579
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Keywords
Bee Health              
Disease Control              
European Foulbrood              
Farming              
Horticulture              
Organic Farming              
Fields of Study
Horticulture
Horticulture