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Honey Bee Diseases, Pest and Their Economic Importance in Ethiopia

Volume 10, Issue 2, October 2014, Pages 527–535

 Honey Bee Diseases, Pest and Their Economic Importance in Ethiopia

Haylegebriel Tesfay

Original language: English

Received 13 August 2014

Copyright © 2014 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The Honey bee (Aphis mellenifera L.) is prone to infected with fungal, bacterial and protozoan pathogenic organisms. Honey bee diseases in Ethiopia include Chalkbrood diseases caused by pathogenic fungi, Ascosphaera aphis, Nosematosis caused by Nosema apis and amoeba caused by a single protozoa malpighamoeba mellificae. A numbers of invertebrate pests belong to insects themselves such as ants, beetle, moths, lice, termites, mites, and large vertebrate animals such as amphibians, reptile, lizards, birds, mammals like honey badgers and mice were recognized in the Ethiopian honey bees. Honey bee diseases, predators and pests are problems for bee keeping practice in Ethiopian. The success of apiculture influenced by these diseases causing pathogenic organisms and various pest animals. Infections of the disease ranging from chronic to highly virulent can result loss of honey bees' population and loss of honey bee products such as honey, wax and also caused honey bees to abscond and death. The economic loss associated with the presence of honey bee diseases and pest was estimated in some works and significant loss was reported. In the present review an attempt has been made to briefly the major honey bee diseases, pests and predators and their rate distribution in the country so as to help the researchers to develop efficient methods for prevention, control and management to improve productivity and the health welfare of bee population.

Author Keywords: Honey bee, Ascosphaera aphis, Nosematosis, pests, Chalkbrood diseases.

How to Cite this Article

Haylegebriel Tesfay, “Honey Bee Diseases, Pest and Their Economic Importance in Ethiopia,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 527–535, October 2014.