HiveAlive inhibits Chalkbrood

Chalkbrood is one of the most common and widely recognised fungal diseases that affects honeybee brood, the causative agent of which is Ascosphaera apis. Currently, there are no approved treatments for the management of Chalkbrood infection. Anecdotal evidence from beekeepers suggests that use of HiveAlive may cause a reduction in Chalkbrood infection.

A number of in-vitro tests were carried out to assess this hypothesis including agar dilution assays and 96 well plate microdilution assays. A concentration of 0.25% inhibited the growth and sporulation of A. apis on agar plates. Results from the 96 well microdilution assays suggest that even lower concentrations may be effective at inhibiting growth. Further research is required to examine effects in a hive setting.

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Effect on Chalkbrood

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Effect on Foulbrood

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Effect on Hive Production

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Effect on Colony Population

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Effect on Nosema

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Effect in Cage Trials

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HiveAlive is largely composed of a unique blend of scientifically selected Irish seaweed extracts called OceaShield which has many beneficial properties. Seaweeds are routinely fed in animal feeds to help reduce the need for antibiotics.

HiveAlive contains thyme which is recognised as a key substance in the fight against Nosema. We have developed a unique emulsification process to ensure it blends easily into sugar syrup and does not cause separation or re-crystallisation.

HiveAlive contains a precise amount of lemongrass in order to increase attractiveness of syrup but does not contain enough to induce unwanted robbing. Lemongrass also has a calming effect on bees.

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