dnature diagnostics & research



We have to be honest and say that at dnature we love bees, which is why we have spent a lot of time researching bees and their viruses.  In fact, we were the first to discover that Lotmaria passim was in New Zealand with a DNA test we developed.

Lotmaria passim, in association with Nosema ceranae, has been acknowledged as being a contributing factor to overwintering loss in Belgium and USA and here in New Zealand, it was a factor in the bee losses over the winter of 2015.

Nosema ceranae in particular is highly damaging and causes:

  • brood loss
  • reduced hive numbers
  • lower honey production.

High levels of both these organisms, in a dual infection, have shown to drastically shorten bee lifespan compared to infection by one or other species.

Viruses such as Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) are also associated with major overwintering losses.  This virus can present with or without visual symptoms - you can't rely on checking your bees to see if they look OK.

There are also other viral infections that can reduce hive numbers and reduce bee lifespans ultimately reducing your hive productivity.

We currently offer the following tests:

  • Nosema duo - Nosema ceranae, Nosema apis & Lotmaria passim
  • ApiVirus™ - Deformed Wing Virus, Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus, Kashmir Bee Virus, Israeli-associated Paralysis Virus, Black Queen Cell Virus
  • Full panel - Nosema duo & ApiVirus™
  • American Foulbrood (AFB) - test your honey, brood, bees or hiveware

Viruses and Nosema can be tested together on the same sample or individually.


Download our bee testing submission form

For more information and pricing, call 0800 362 887 (0800 DNATURE) or email: lab@dnature.co.nz