In-hive Fungal Biocontrol of Small Hive Beetle

  • 69 pages

  • Published: 13 Aug 2012

  • Author(s): Leemon, Diana

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The small hive beetle (SHB) is a native scavenger of bee hives in South Africa where it is regarded as a minor pest.  It was discovered in Australia in 2002. Since this time SHB populations have increased in number and range in the eastern states of Australia where in some areas they are causing significant losses.
This Rural Industries R&D Corporation report targets the beekeeping industry in Australia, particularly beekeepers in the warmer regions affected by the small hive beetle, and extension staff in advisory roles. It is intended to provide information on non-chemical control options for the small hive beetle as well as important information about the yeasts associated with this pest which aid in the destruction of bee hives and stored comb and potential health risks.