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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Connemara BKA Beginners Course

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Kilkenny Beginners Course!

It will run for the 4 Wednesday nights (15 Feb, 22 Feb, 1st March, 8 March) from 7.30 to 9.00 covering topics such as
Beekeeping Equipment, The occupants of the hive, The beekeeping year, honey harvesting and planting for bees and pollinators.

This will be followed a number of practical sessions during the rest of the year at our own Apiary and at other Apiaries where you will get first hand experience with colonies of Bees

Contact Jer Keohane jkeohane@iece.ie for further details