A Blenheim biotechnology company is working on a new in-field tool to quickly diagnose American foulbrood disease that wipes out beehvies.
I wonder what will come of this and how useful/practical it will be?
Says: "Once the disease is potentially detected then there is a further field test that the beekeeper completes onsite to confirm the presence of AFB.”
"The problem is that traditional identification is very slow.
What the hell???? What further field test are they talking about???
As the article also quotes Rex saying: "with results open to interpretation”
Can't say I have ever sent a goopy matchstick to AQ. Most beekeepers have matches in their vehicles, unless of course they light their ciggies or smokers with a lighter!But it seems to read that the test can be used as a ropy cell confirmation - and their other comments about slow times seem to reference the days when goopy matchsticks got sent to AQ for a 5 day culture test.
How many hives do you run or have run Bee Real? Taylor Pass are one of the biggest operators in the Sth Is and they have some fairly clued up beekeepers working for themWhat the hell???? What further field test are they talking about??? Someone should point out to Rex that once the cell shows the classic signs of AFB it is already a confirmed afb.
I think it used to be a lot more common than it is now Maggie. Suspect samples probably go to MPI lab now, rather than AQ but that diagnostic confirmation was always funded by the management plan.Can't say I have ever sent a goopy matchstick to AQ. Most beekeepers have matches in their vehicles, unless of course they light their ciggies or smokers with a lighter!
Yes, I agree uncertainty can happen at times at times with good experience, though not often.I have found hundreds of AFB in my lifetime and it's usually pretty obvious but I can recall three occasions where I couldn't be certain and in those cases I got it confirmed by a test. I also remember one case where an AP2 identified a hive as having AFB and because I had checked it for a friend a couple of weeks before I went back to confirm and it was just a bad case of PMS. My friend was too old and infirm to look after the hive probably so I arranged for a new person to take it over.
I don't really need tests to confirm AFB but they can be really useful when you have a large outbreak caused by your hives robbing somebody else's and you can clean out those hives that have a high spore load as they are going to eventually go clinical anyway.