Establishing the disease status of the Asian honeybee in the Cairns region

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This report describes the identification of pests and diseases of the Asian honeybee (Apis cerana) in the Cairns region of Australia and outlines the likely spread of exotic pathogens to the local European honeybee (Apis mellifera) population.
This research is important for understanding potential risks to the health of Australia’s managed and wild A. mellifera populations.

The report is targeted at the Australian beekeeping industry and apiarists for the better management of bee pathogens and also at decision-makers who develop policy in regards to exports of live bees in the State and Commonwealth Governments and in governments overseas.

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