American Foulbrood in honeybees and its causative agent, Paenibacillus larvae

Genersch, E.

Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 103 Suppl. 1: S10-S19


ISSN/ISBN: 1096-0805
PMID: 19909971
DOI: 10.1016/j.jip.2009.06.015
Accession: 034383777

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After more than a century of American Foulbrood (AFB) research, this fatal brood infection is still among the most deleterious bee diseases. Its etiological agent is the Gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium Paenibacillus larvae. Huge progress has been made, especially in the last 20 years, in the understanding of the disease and of the underlying host-pathogen interactions. This review will place these recent developments in the study of American Foulbrood and of P. larvae into the general context of AFB research.