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J medium is superior to sheep blood agar and brain heart infusion agar for the isolation of Bacillus larvae from honey samples

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Journal of Apicultural Research

Vol. 32 (1) pp. 51-52
Date
March 1993
Article Title

J medium is superior to sheep blood agar and brain heart infusion agar for the isolation of Bacillus larvae from honey samples

Author(s)

M A Z Hornitzky; P J Nicholls

Abstract

The culture of Bacillus larvae from bulk honey samples and subsequent traceback to the hives of origin has been demonstrated to be a useful tool in the detection of American foulbrood (AFB) outbreaks (Hornitzky &Clark, 1991). However, the effectiveness of this procedure is dependent on the sensitivity of the cultural procedures for B. larvae, particularly since low concentrations of spores may occur in bulk honey samples originating from contaminated hives (Hornitzky & Clark, 1991).

Keywords

Bacillus larvae, culture media, sheep blood agar, brain heart infusion agar, honey

 
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