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Outbreaks of American foulbrood (AFB) are occurring again this year in many places in Europe and elsewhere. This is the major problem for beekeepers in New Zealand.
Eradicating this bacterium (Paenibacillus larva) is practically impossible because it is almost always present in bee colonies. It is therefore important that favourable circumstances for this bacterium do not arise. This can only be achieved by makingthe bees, the bee colonies and the bee system stronger.
In order to understand something about AFB it is important to know the characteristics of this bacterium. Paenibacillus is a facultative anaerobic bacterium, in other words, the bacterium can flourish both in the presence and absence of oxygen. In the presence of oxygen the bacterium is exposed to competition from other bacteria and the likelihood of a harmful infection among bee larvae is very low. In the absence of oxygen this competition is lacking. The bacterium generates an anaerobic environment itself by creating a certain type of biofilm, within which it experiences no competition from other microorganisms. In addition the bacterium uses a mechanism whereby iron is extracted from the environment.
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If you would like to make your bee colonies stronger and increase their resistance to AFB throughout the entire season use Ferro-Bee® to provide an extra source of iron for your bees. From tests conducted in eight different countries between 2011 and 2013 it has transpired that Ferro-Bee® is beneficial to bees.
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