Syllabus of Examination for Proficiency in Apiculture:
Senior Examination Microscopy


Microscopy Dissection and Pollen Analysis

Candidates will be required to discuss and demonstrate:
The construction, components and setting up of:

  • A stereo dissecting microscope
  • A compound microscope
  • The calibration of an eyepiece graticule. The candidate must be able to measure a microscopic object.
  • The examination of a sample of bees for Acarine (Acarapis Woodii)
  • The process of making slides for:
  • Pollen analysis
  • The detection of:
  • Nosema and Amoeba
  • Foul brood bacterial diseases (AFB and EFB)
  • The discussion will include the reason why a particular magnification is required for each examination.
  • The significance of what is apparent under the microscope.
  • The statistical significance of the sample size, and the significance of confidence limits.
  • Discuss the relevant licensed treatments for all the diseases examined.
  • The preparation of honey bee parts for microscopical examination.
  • The appearance and signs of Parasitic Mite Syndrome in a brood frame.
  • The appearance and signs of all brood disorders.

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Co. Limerick BKA beginners course

Co. Limerick BKA will be holding a beginners course in Mungret GAA Club on April 8th, 9am to 3pm and April 15th, 9am to 4pm.

Weather permitting, apiary practical demonstrations will take place on April 24th, May 2nd, 8th , 15th, 22nd.

Preliminary written exam takes place on May 27th with the practical after this.

June 5th evening practical class

Intermediate class of 2017 have agreed to mentor beginners.

Please email Donal Cooper, Education Officer with your name and details: donalf.cooper@gmail.com


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