You are not currently logged in.
Access JSTOR through your library or other institution:
If You Use a Screen ReaderThis content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Gas Sterilization of Beekeeping Equipment Contaminated by the American Foulbrood Organism, Bacillus larvae
F. A. Robinson, K. L. Smith and P. M. Packard
The Florida Entomologist
Vol. 55, No. 1 (Mar., 1972), pp. 43-51
Published by: Florida Entomological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3493642
Page Count: 9
You can always find the topics here!Topics: Apiculture, Bees, Insect larvae, Pollen, Insect colonies, Gas mixtures, Oxides, Insect brood, Spores, Bacterial load
Were these topics helpful?See something inaccurate? Let us know!
Select the topics that are inaccurate.
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Preview not available
Ethylene-oxide sterilizing gas mixtures were effective in killing all stages of the American foulbrood organism Bacillus larvae (White) in contaminated bee equipment when used in a metal sterilizer in which temperatures and gas concentration could be maintained at desired levels. However, regardless of the duration of exposure and gas concentration, some spores survived the treatment probably because of the natural resistance of Bacillus spores plus the added protection afforded by coatings of bees wax. Polyethylene films or bags were not satisfactory as containers because of their permeability to the gas mixtures particularly at concentrations required to assure satisfactory reduction in bacterial counts.
The Florida Entomologist © 1972 Florida Entomological Society