Brood Diseases Short Course

This short course, at National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) level, exploring the diseases AFB, EFB, Chalkbrood, Sacbrood, and the various brood disorders.

  • To explore the field and laboratory diagnosis procedures for common brood diseases and disorders
  • To practice the use of compound microscopes in the diagnosis of brood diseases
  • To consider ways in which timely and accurate diagnosis of brood diseases may inform our treatmentdecisions and management practices within the apiary
  • To discuss the legislation pertaining to brood diseases, and how best to control an outbreak of notifiable disease
  • Additionally, the aim of this narrowly-focussed but in-depth study is to illustrate the NDB approach, albeit on a small
    part of an extensive syllabus.
  • To stimulate a desire in students to learn more, to aspire to improve their beekeeping and to become experts, able to pass on their enthusiasm and expert knowledge.

Objectives (Learning outcomes)

  • To describe and identify healthy brood
  • To understand and recognise the conditions caused by brood diseases and disorders
  • To understand the nature, lifecycle, naming, and spread of the causative organism of each disease
  • To be familiar with available field diagnostic techniques
  • To be able to perform a brood disease inspection of a colony
  • To be able to set up a compound microscope to perform disease diagnosis
  • To prepare and mount samples for diagnosis under a microscope
  • To correctly diagnose AFB and EFB using both LFD and microscope
  • To understand the legislation and procedures pertaining to foulbrood outbreaks
  • To understand the treatment options available for each disease
  • To understand the inspection and information services available from the NBU
  • To appreciate the brood disease information available on Beebase
  • To have an appreciation of the NDB qualification and its relationship to the examinations modules of the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA)

The course will be limited to no more than 10 – 12 students at a time. This classroom-based course is intended to provide tutors with sufficient information and skills regarding the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of adult bee diseases to pass on to their own students.

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