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Seventh EU RL annual workshop held on October 17 2017
Published on
16/06/2017
The EU RL for Honeybee Health held its 7th. annual workshop on 17th. October 2017. The main activities conducted by the EU RL in 2017 were presented. The agenda focused on the enhancement of diagnostic tools in parasitology, virology and bacteriology, the production of reference materials and the organization of two interlaboratory proficiency tests (ILPTs) in 2017 – one on Nosema spores counting by microscopy and another on the determination of neonicotinoid residues in beebread....
Sixth EU RL annual workshop in October 2016
Published on
09/01/2017
The EU RL for Honeybee Health held its 6th. annual workshop on 4th. October 2016. Representatives from the Spanish NRL (Dr. Pilar Fernandez Somalo) and from the Czech NRL (MVDr. Martin Pijacek) were invited to present their activities and the honey bee health status in their respective countries. Participants exchanged on the small hive beetle infestation in Italy through the presentation of Dr. Franco Mutinelli (from the Italian NRL). Dr. Marc Schäfer (from the German NRL) presented an...
Detection of Aethina tumida in Italy in 2016
Published on
05/10/2016
Note prepared by the EU RL for Honeybee Health (Laboratory of  Anses Sophia Antipolis) Updated news (29th. November 2016) To see the details of the outbreaks observed in 2015, please click here. 
Updated version of the guidelines for the surveillance of SHB infestation
Published on
24/03/2016
An updated version of the guidelines for the surveillance of Aethina tumida infestation is now available in free access here. This document has been updated by the EURL in collaboration with the NRLs from Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Germany and United Kingdom considering the feedbacks from the surveillance in Italy. We thank all the people who participated to the writing of these guidelines.
Small hive beetle detection in Brazil (OIE alert)
Published on
14/03/2016
  The first occurrence of the small hive beetle has been observed in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 1st. March 2015. The beetle was suspected in 46 bee hives. Beetle specimens were sent to the University of São Paulo for taxonomic identification on May 2015. Preliminary results were communicated to the official veterinary service on December 2015. Beetles were sent to the Biological Institute of São Paulo which confirmed the entomological identification of Aethina tumida on 16th...
Detection of Aethina tumida in Southern Italy in 2015 (Free access)
Published on
12/02/2016
Note prepared by the EU RL for Honeybee Health (Laboratory of  Anses Sophia Antipolis)   Updated news (29th. December 2015)   This article will no longer be updated. A new article on the surveillance of Aethina tumida in Italy in 2016 has been created here.   To see the details of the outbreaks observed in 2014, please click here.  To see the state of play of the situation in Italy in 2015 after the outbreaks observed...
Inter-laboratory proficiency tests in 2016
Published on
08/02/2016
One proficiency-test will be organized by the EU RL in 2016. It will follow the proficiency test performed in 2015 and it will aim at evaluating the specificity of the real-time RT-PCR method for the detection and quantification of the chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) in bees. More information related to the time schedule will come soon.
Revised version of the EPILOBEE 2012-2014 report
Published on
08/02/2016
Additional data editing were performed on the EPILOBEE data leading to new calculations. Thus, a revised version of the EPILOBEE 2012-2014 report with corrected figures was produced. You can check out this new document, available on the European Commission website (click here).
A new leaflet on SHB in different languages (Free access)
Published on
13/01/2016
A leaflet presenting the small hive beetle has been produced by the EURL in collaboration with the NRLs from Italy, United Kingdom and Germany. Several NRLs translated the leaflets in the language of their country. The translations are available in free access here. We thank all the persons who participated to the writing and translation of this leaflet.  
Inter-Laboratory Proficiency Tests in 2015
Published on
11/01/2016
  Two ILPTs were organised by the EU RL in 2015. The first ILPT began in March 2015 and aimed at detecting and quantifying the chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) through a RT-qPCR method, in crushed bees. The objective of the second ILPT, begun in June 2015, aimed at identifying Nosema species (N. apis and N. ceranae) in crushed samples, through a PCR methods. In total, 21 and 16 laboratories participated to the ILPT on Nosema species and CBPV, respectively. All the NRLs who answered...

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