Project snapshot: Increasing the value of Australian honey as a health food
Honey has a long history of use to treat digestive ailments and research suggests honey acts as a prebiotic food that favourably changes the balance...
Published: 1 Dec 2003
Author(s): Davis, Craig, Dr, Ward, Wendy
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Chalk brood of honeybees (Apis mellifera) is caused by the fungus Ascosphaera apis. It was first diagnosed in Australia in 1993 and is now endemic in most areas of Australia. Although chalk brood is not usually fatal to honeybee colonies, it can cause substantial production losses. The aims of the present work were to conduct a laboratory study on the efficacy of natural products against the chalk brood fungus Ascosphaera apis, and to develop an appropriate field treatment plan to evaluate any products identified in the first section of the investigation.