Antimicrobials in beekeeping

Vet Microbiol. 2012 Jul 6;158(1-2):1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2012.01.012. Epub 2012 Jan 18.


The bee diseases American and European foulbrood and nosemosis can be treated with anti-infectious agents. However, in the EU and the USA the use of these agents in beekeeping is strictly regulated due to the lack of tolerance (e.g. Maximum Residue Limit) for residues of antibiotics and chemotherapeutics in honey. This article reviews the literature dealing with antimicrobials of interest in apiculture, stability of these antimicrobials in honey, and disposition of the antimicrobials in honeybee hives.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Infective Agents / chemistry
  • Anti-Infective Agents / pharmacology*
  • Beekeeping* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Beekeeping* / methods
  • Bees / microbiology*
  • Honey / analysis
  • Honey / microbiology


  • Anti-Infective Agents