American foulbrood in NSW


American foulbrood (AFB) disease is the most serious brood disease of bees in NSW. It is caused by the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae. In Australia, it has been found in all states. It is a disease of economic importance to the individual beekeeper and to the bee industry, as infection may lead to serious economic loss through the destruction of colonies and loss of production.

It is a notifiable disease under the NSW Apiaries Act 1985. There is a persistent low level of infection in NSW. Early and accurate diagnosis is essential if control is to be effective.

Topics include:

  • how do you identify it?
  • why is it an issue?
  • what does NSW DPI want to achieve?
  • what can’t NSW DPI achieve?
  • what can the NSW bee industry do?
  • what will NSW DPI do?


Primefact 878 Second Edition

Published: 01 Nov 2012