Disease Survey of Honey Bees in Samoa
PHAMA funded the current bee disease survey to help maintain existing market access into New Zealand in particular. Samoa has an estimated 21 beekeepers operating 403 hives on 47 apiaries1. The annual honey crop is approximately 8 tonne per year most of which is consumed within Samoa (Dean, 2009 and pers. comm.). Samoa exports small quantities of honey to Australia and New Zealand each year but has the
potential to increase this.
Key words: European foulbrood (EFB), Paenibacillus alvei, Deformed Wing Virus (DWV), Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV), microsporidian Nosema ceranae, internal or tracheal mite Acarapis woodi, Varroa sp, Tropilaelaps, American foulbrood (AFB)