Chalkbrood Disease mummies at hive entrance

Chalkbrood is common in Australan beehives despite the good hygiene of Australian bees. How do you identify, treat and manage Chalkbrood Disease? Chalkbrood Disease is more common in the spring when the brood nest is rapidly expanding. A smaller honey bee workforce cannot maintain brood nest temperature. And ‘chilled’ brood is more susceptible to the…

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Chalkbrood Disease in Australia Australian beehives are “succumbing to the deadly chalkbrood disease at a faster rate than their overseas counterparts, despite having better hygiene practices”, reported the ABC in March this year. Honey bee nutrition is suspected to be a key aspect, but more research is needed. First, what exactly is Chalkbrood disease? Chalkbrood…

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