Equipment Sterilization Through Irradiation
The Richmond Beekeepers Association hopes to facilitate an equipment sterilization effort that involves the use of Iotron Industries’ electron beam irradiation system. Iotron no longer accommodates individual beekeepers so we are currently seeking out a volunteer to co-ordinate this effort. Please refer to Alan’s January 16, 2020 message on Google groups.
The Iotron process
Electron beam Irradiation of honeybee equipment destroys the pathogens responsible for many bee diseases, resulting in increased colony health, improved productivity, savings on drugs costs as well as equipment and comb replacement costs. Widespread, routine use of electronic beam irradiation has the potential to increase health of the industry as a whole. This does not involve the use of radioisotopes, but rather concentrated electricity.