Murdo Fraser MSP has submitted a Parliamentary Question at Holyrood asking the Scottish Government what measures it is taking to keep on top of American Foulbrood (AFB).
This followed an infected bee colony recently being destroyed in the Stanley area. A hive at an apiary was found to be infected with AFB, which is an untreatable disease that affects colonies of honeybees.
There is no treatment permitted in the UK for AFB, and, as a result, the bees, combs or bee products from the hive are required to be destroyed by burning.
Murdo has asked the Scottish Government how common AFB is and what measures they are taking to keep on top of it.
Murdo's Parliamentary Question is as follows: To ask the Scottish Government, in light of a colony of honeybees having to be destroyed in the Stanley area of Perthshire due to the discovery of a hive at an apiary being infected with American Foulbrood (AFB), how common is AFB in Scotland, and what measures it is taking to limit how often it occurs.