Consorcio Apícola

CHILE.- UACh’s Beekeeping Team exposed the results of a project related to bee health

The Beekeeping Team from Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) presented in Santiago the results of the Fondo Sag Project N° 24 “Strategic measures that contribute to the strengthening of the supervision, diagnosis and control of the American foulbrood in Apis mellifera”. This project was carried out between the years 2008 and 2012 in the territories between the regions of Antofagasta and Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo.

During this instance, the professor Miguel Neira Caamaño, director of the Beekeeping Team from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and also an academic at the Production and Plant Health Institute was joined by Nimia Manquián, head of the Phytochemistry Laboratory and the agricultural engineers Patricia Bahamonde and Alejandro Morán. The Regional Director of the Agriculture and Cattle Service (SAG) from Los Ríos Region, representatives from the Central SAG, the National Institute for Agricultural Development (INDAP), regional beekeeping networks and producers were also present, among other guests.

Through the development of this initiative, 355 beekeepers were directly benefited. These beekeepers participated in the sanitary and training prospecting actions. Taking into consideration the results obtained, beekeepers could be classified into two groups with their own, contrasting attributes related to the way in which they handle their apiaries and the access to training and technical assistance which they have received.

Related to products, the project gave as a result the “Beekeeping Calendar. Actions oriented towards bee health throughout the year, Season 2012-2013”, a technical support tool related to the health area for Chile’s beekeepers that has guidelines for the handling of the bees’ health. This is associated to the execution opportunities in agreement with the months of the beekeeping season.

During this meeting, an update regarding the sanitary situation of bees was exposed. This was mainly focused on the bacteriosis of the sealed brood comb (American foulbrood), incorporating background information from varroosis, nosemosis and acarapisosis. Another result which was showed was the elaboration of a lab protocol for the identification of bacteria in honey.

When referring to the projections of the study, the researchers pointed out that they incorporated the backgrounds into the tools of geographic information, suitable for the strengthening of the prospection of bee diseases in the national territory which will allow to define risk zones and to generate updated information, making it sustainable in time.