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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