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1. Foreword | 2. Acknowledgments | 3. Introduction | 4. Preservation of wooden hive parts | 5. Safety | 6. Fire safety | 7. Waxes for dipping | 8. Hot wax dipping for preservation | 9. Hot wax dipping for sterilisation | 10. Vats for hot wax dipping | 11. Paints and painting | 12. References | Online Books Home | Admin

1. Foreword

In July 1998, a national honey bee disease workshop was convened to developed suitable management programs to control and reduce the level of the notifiable honey bee brood disease, American Foulbrood.
One of the recommendations arising from the workshop was that the use of disease barrier management systems in apiaries should be encouraged.

In addition to barrier management systems, there has also been a growing interest in the apiary industry about the use of hot wax dipping to sterilise beehive components originating from hives infected with American Foulbrood disease. A project was funded to develop beekeeper focused guidelines regarding these two management practices.

This publication considers best practice for hot wax dipping of beehive components for preservation and for the prevention and control of American Foulbrood disease.

This project was funded from industry revenue which is matched by funds provided by the Federal Government.

This report, a new addition to RIRDC’s diverse range of 700 research publications, forms part of our Honeybee R&D program, that aims to support innovative and focused research and development projects which will contribute to the productivity and profitability of the Australian beekeeping industry.

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Peter Core
Managing Director
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

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