Disease inspection & diagnosis
Inspection of beehives
Proper inspection of beehives and recognition of the symptoms of AFB are the prerequisites to any successful AFB elimination programme. However, effective inspection is not a simple process, especially when AFB scale is involved.
Diagnosis can be difficult
It is also not always an easy task to distinguish between the symptoms of AFB and other brood diseases and conditions in the hive.
Identifying the sometimes subtle differences between symptoms of various bee diseases (called “differential diagnosis”) requires both experience and regular refreshers. Fortunately, there are also laboratory tests that can be used to confirm a visual AFB diagnosis.
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Our videos cover everything from your legal obligations to how to recognise AFB, collecting cell and bee samples and more.
There’s a lot of good information here, telling you everything you need to know about recognising AFB: the visual symptoms, smell of AFB and more.
New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding AFB disease. Read the shortened list in summary, here.
Most hives become infected because bees, honey or equipment have been put into a hive from another hive that is infected with AFB. Lower your chances of an AFB infection by reading this section.
Find out when the next AFB Recognition and Competency Courses, or Refresher Courses are available. These are held throughout the year in various New Zealand locations across the South Island and North Island.