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23/03/2018

Small hive beetle, the plague threatening beekeeping

Having detected outbreaks of this insect in Brazil, Argentina has declared a sanitary alert regarding this plague, based on the risk of introduction from its presence in the neighboring country.

Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida)

The Argentina National Service of Agri-food Health and Quality (SENASA according to its acronym in Spanish) reports that due to outbreaks of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) in Brazil, actions are underway to prevent their entry into Argentina.

Aethina tumida and aethinosis have become a global threat to beekeeping. The insect has a very high power of propagation, and in less than 20 years it has managed to move from the United States to Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua and recently Brazil. One of the main strategies implemented in Argentina is the creation of a national active surveillance network, jointly developed by various institutions in the apiculture sector.

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