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A new study in the U.K has looked at the effect that intensive beekeeping practices has on disease rates in honey bees. With bee numbers declining worldwide, honey bee disease rates are of primary concern to both professional and novice beekeepers alike. Commercial scale beekeepers in particular have to strike a tricky balance. Running a…

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Illustrations of Sacbrood Disease in Honeybee Brood

What is Sacbrood Disease? Sacbrood is a viral infection causes by the Sacbrood Virus. The virus itself is common but only causes disease in bees that are genetically susceptible. It is usually seen in the early spring and affects larvae about two days old. The virus multiplies in the body tissues of the larvae as…

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A quick look at rare brood disease Stonebrood. Stonebrood is a fungal infection that kills and mummifies bee larvae. Two species of fungus, Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus fumigatus, are associated with the disease. Identifying Stonebrood Disease This disease is quite rare and short-lived. However, it is important to know how to distinguish it from Chalkbrood,…

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