dnature diagnostics & research

American Foulbrood (AFB)


American Foulbrood is the most serious bee disease in New Zealand.

dnature has developed the only test worldwide that simultaneously tests two independent targets in the AFB bacteria: Paenibacillus lavae. This ensures better sensitivity (the chance of detecting the bacteria) and specificity (that a positive is definitely a positive).

We can test for AFB in:

  • Bees
  • Brood
  • Honey
  • Hive-ware

If you suspect you have AFB and require testing, please contact us before sending your samples with our bee submission form.

Current research in our lab is around spore detection levels with future clinical signs.

This test is also available in a kit format for laboratories to use.