dnature diagnostics & research

American Foulbrood (AFB)


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

In response to the demand for better detection methods for this disease, we have designed and developed a unique test that is the only test worldwide to simultaneously test to detect two independent targets in the AFB bacteria: Paenibacillus lavae.  This ensures a better sensitivity ie. chance of detecting the bacteria and specificity ie that a positive is definitely a positive.

Research is ongoing in our lab to determine spore detection levels with future clinical signs.

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

We also test for AFB in bees, including brood as well as honey or hive-ware.  If you suspect that you have AFB, please contact us before sending your samples and click here for our bee submisson form

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