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Review of potential treatments for eradication of small hive beetle - PH0527

Small hive beetle (SHB) (Aethina tumida) remains a real and viable threat to UK and European bee keeping.
In September 2014, SHB was detected in South West Italy. EU regulatory measures were implemented including destruction of all the honey bee colonies in the apiaries where SHB was found and treatment of the surrounding soil. However, in September 2015 further cases of SHB were again detected in Italy. This incursion shows that UK bee keepers and relevant government organizations must be ready to deal with the arrival of or an outbreak of the beetle.

Currently the Defra Bee Health Policy Programme have a contingency plan in place to deal with any incursions of SHB into England and Wales and indeed the UK as a whole. However, the plan lacks treatments which could be used for eradication in the event of an outbreak. Several products, currently used elsewhere in the world are not approved for use within the UK or indeed a European context. Therefore, there is an urgent need for information on what potential chemical products could possibly be used to treat a SHB incursion into the UK.
1.Carry out a review of all the insecticides which are approved for use against insect pests in the UK and which will be available in the next 5 years.
2.Assess which products could potentially be used against SHB based on the target organisms that these products control and the environments in which they are used.
3.Prepare a list of potential products which are prioritised for testing against SHB in the laboratory.
4.Identify what product was used to eradicate the outbreak of SHB in Italy and determine whether this or equivalents could be used in the UK.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2016

To: 2016

Cost: £9,965
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Bee Pests              
Fields of Study
Plant Health