Laboratory for Bee Diseases

The Laboratory is extending the tasks of the Reference Laboratories to other important parasites and pathogens of honey bees.

Main research topics and projects

  • Subtyping of Paenibacillus larvae for epidemiological investigations
  • Project partner in the German Bee Monitoring Project (DeBiMo)

Method overview

  • ERIC-Genotyping of Paenibacillus larvae by repPCR and MALDI-TOF MS
  • Identification of Paenibacillus larvae and Melissococcus plutonius by real-time PCR
  • Identification of Vespa velutina by macroscopic examination
  • Phase contrast microscopy for identification of Nosemosis
  • Identification of Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae by real-time PCR
  • Differentiation of Nosema spp. by PCR and restriction enzyme digestion
  • Phase contrast microscopy for identification of infestation with Malpighamoeba mellificae
  • Identification of Acarapis woodi by microscopic examination
  • Molecular identification of RNA-viruses of honey bees by RT-PCR and real-time PCR:
    • Akute Bee Paralysis Virus (ABPV)
    • Black Queen Cell Virus (BQCV)
    • Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV)
    • Deformed Wing Virus (DWV)
    • Sacbrood Virus (SBV)