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Oxytetracycline hydrochloride activity in honey bee larvae (Apis mellifera) following medication with various doses

BA McKee, RD Goodman, C Saywell, G Hepworth

APIDOLOGIE | E D P SCIENCES | Published : 2003


Four replicated experiments were conducted to determine the concentration of oxytetracycline hydrochloride (OTC) in honey bee (Apis mellifera) larvae following application of the antibiotic to honey bee colonies. In the first experiment, the mean OTC concentration was significantly greater in whole larvae than in larval guts sampled from hives on the day immediately following treatment. In two further experiments, 0.3 g, 0.5 g and 1.0 g active OTC in caster sugar was administered to single- and double-storey colonies. The mean OTC concentration was above the minimum inhibitory concentration of OTC to Melissococcus pluton for 2 to 6 days post-treatment, depending upon the dose. The daily rate..

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