Biological control of chalkbrood by anti-fungal bacterial symbionts of bees

Australian National University

  • Project code: PRJ-000571

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Tuesday, January 1, 2002

  • Project completion date: Sunday, November 30, 2008

  • National Priority: HBE-Improve understanding of nutrition best practice and disease interaction


Honey Bee

Research Organisation

Australian National University

Objective Summary

The objectives of this project are to: (i) isolate and characterise from different Australian bee hives the bacteria that produce gluconic acid (identified by us as an anti-fungal agent) (ii) undertake a detailed study of the fundamental nature of the important bee- bacterial association in the gut of the honey bee in Australia and it’s role in factors such as hive health. The results of this strategic basic research in studying the nature of the honey bee bacteria will allow us to carry out applied research to determine the feasibility of developing biological control against the important chalkbrood disease.