European Foulbrood

European FoulBrood (abbreviated EFB) is a bacterial disease that effects honey bee larvae before the capped stage. 


The causative bacteria, Melissococcus plutonius is ingested by honey bee larvae after which the bacterium competes for food inside the larvae. For more information, check out the Bee Base page concerning EFB.  Should you detect an EFB outbreak in your hives you should notify the SBA Northern Representative and Senior Agricultural Officer, Highland Area Office, Longman House, 28 Longman Road, Inverness IV1 1SF (Tel: 01463 234141). This ensures that the latest scientific and statistical information is held nationally.

The Honey Bee Health Coalition released an updated edition of the guide in November 2022. Click this link to download that guide.

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About Easter Ross Bees

The Easter Ross Beekeepers Association is a community of bee-keepers based in Tain, Ross-shire in  Scotland.