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Third training on honey bee diseases held on October 18 2017

Published on 28/07/2017

On October 18th., the EU RL for Honeybee Health organised the third training on honeybee diseases. The training was dedicated to the PCR diagnosis methods (conventional and real-time) for detection, identification and/or quantification of honey bee pathogens. This training was intended for EU NRLs that have little or no experience in the diagnosis of bee diseases by PCR and wish to implement such methods. The requirements and recommendations for implementation of PCR diagnosis described in the international standards (OIE and ISO 17025) were presented. Then, the implementation and the performance of PCR diagnosis methods as long as the interpretation of either qualitative or quantitative results were detailed. Presentations are available for members of the network on the website.

Seventh EU RL annual workshop held on October 17 2017

Published on 16/06/2017

The EU RL for Honeybee Health held its 7th. annual workshop on 17th. October 2017. The main activities conducted by the EU RL in 2017 were presented. The agenda focused on the enhancement of diagnostic tools in parasitology, virology and bacteriology, the production of reference materials and the organization of two interlaboratory proficiency tests (ILPTs) in 2017 – one on Nosema spores counting by microscopy and another on the determination of neonicotinoid residues in beebread. Besides the presentation of the main actions and activities conducted by the EU RL, participants had the pleasure to listen to presentations from various NRL representatives. In addition, Dr. Panuwan Chantawannakul (Chiang Mai University, Thailand) was invited to present current knowledge on Tropilaelaps spp. mites. Dr. Metka Pislak Ocepek, from the Slovenian NRL, gave a talk on their activities and the honey bee health status in their country. Hemma Köglberger, from the Austrian NRL presented a surveillance study set up during one year in Austria to collect data on colony losses. Dr. Franco Mutinelli presented a state of play of the occurrence and surveillance of the small hive beetle in Southern Italy and Kirsty Stainton from the British NRL showed the actions set up following the detection of Asian hornet specimens in United Kingdom in 2016. We thank all the speakers for their interesting presentations and to all contributors of this fruitful workshop. Presentations are available for members of the network on the website.

Detection of Aethina tumida in Italy in 2017

Published on 24/05/2017

Note prepared by the EU RL for Honeybee Health (Laboratory of  Anses Sophia Antipolis) Updated news (29th. November 2017) To see the details of the outbreaks observed in 2016, please click here. 

Inter-laboratory proficiency tests scheduled by the EU RL for 2017

Published on 28/02/2017

Three proficiency tests will be organized by the EU RL in 2017 for the network of EU NRLs: - A comparative laboratory test on Nosema spores counting by microscopic examination of crushed honeybee abdomens (planned in June 2017). - An inter-laboratory proficiency test on the analysis of neonicotinoid residues in beebread. - An inter-laboratory proficiency test on the detection and quantification of the chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) in bees by real-time RT-PCR. The deadline for registration to this ILPT is the 10th of November 2017. Please contact eurl.bee@anses.fr for more information.

First training in the field of pesticide residues in October 2016

Published on 09/01/2017

The EU RL for Honeybee Health held its 1st. training on pesticide residue analyses on 11th. and 13th. October 2016. The training was dedicated to the harmonization of the analytical technique for the determination of neonicotinoid residues in beebread by LC-MS/MS. Two sessions were organized to allow people to handle in the laboratory. The programme consisted in carrying out an analytical technique from the preparation of samples (extraction, cleanup…) to quantitative determination by LC-MS/MS.  Presentations are available for members of the NRL network on the website.

Sixth EU RL annual workshop in October 2016

Published on 09/01/2017

The EU RL for Honeybee Health held its 6th. annual workshop on 4th. October 2016. Representatives from the Spanish NRL (Dr. Pilar Fernandez Somalo) and from the Czech NRL (MVDr. Martin Pijacek) were invited to present their activities and the honey bee health status in their respective countries. Participants exchanged on the small hive beetle infestation in Italy through the presentation of Dr. Franco Mutinelli (from the Italian NRL). Dr. Marc Schäfer (from the German NRL) presented an overview of the existing SHB detection and control strategies and Pr. Jeff Pettis (from USDA Bestville) presented the USA experience on SHB. The agenda also focused on the enhancement of diagnostic tools. Presentations are available for members of the network on the website.

Detection of Aethina tumida in Italy in 2016

Published on 05/10/2016

Note prepared by the EU RL for Honeybee Health (Laboratory of  Anses Sophia Antipolis) Updated news (29th. November 2016) To see the details of the outbreaks observed in 2015, please click here. 

Updated version of the guidelines for the surveillance of SHB infestation

Published on 24/03/2016

An updated version of the guidelines for the surveillance of Aethina tumida infestation is now available in free access here. This document has been updated by the EU RL in collaboration with the NRLs from Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Germany and United Kingdom considering the feedbacks from the surveillance in Italy. We thank all the persons who participated to the writing of these guidelines.

Small hive beetle detection in Brazil (OIE alert)

Published on 14/03/2016

  The first occurrence of the small hive beetle has been observed in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 1st. March 2015. The beetle was suspected in 46 bee hives. Beetle specimens were sent to the University of São Paulo for taxonomic identification on May 2015. Preliminary results were communicated to the official veterinary service on December 2015. Beetles were sent to the Biological Institute of São Paulo which confirmed the entomological identification of Aethina tumida on 16th February 2016 in one hive. The main measures applied were quarantine and surveillance within protection zone.  The source of the outbreak is unknown for the moment. Epidemiological investigations are on-going within a 20km radius of the location of the first infested hive. Adult beetle specimens from an apiary in a neighboring municipality have been sent for identification. Meetings with beekeeper associations and industries were carried out to communicate on the SHB detection, spread and control measures to implement. More information can be found on the OIE website.

Detection of Aethina tumida in Southern Italy in 2015 (Free access)

Published on 12/02/2016

Note prepared by the EU RL for Honeybee Health (Laboratory of  Anses Sophia Antipolis)   Updated news (29th. December 2015)   This article will no longer be updated. A new article on the surveillance of Aethina tumida in Italy in 2016 has been created here.   To see the details of the outbreaks observed in 2014, please click here.  To see the state of play of the situation in Italy in 2015 after the outbreaks observed in 2014, please click here.