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Beekeepers are a step closer to protecting themselves from the devastating Varroa mite, with a new test likely to allow imports of honey bee semen from resistant breeding stock without putting the industry at risk from another pest – Africanised bees.

Large African Hive Beetles - heading our way? - RIRDC Media Release 18-Sep-2015
The potentially devastating Large African Hive Beetles are the latest bee pests in the spotlight, as the industry continues efforts to identify threats and prepare for their potential arrival in Australia.

SA hobby beekeepers BEEing proactive - RIRDC Media Release 7-Sep-2015
One of the biggest risks when an exotic pest reaches Australia is that no-one notices, allowing it to spread and making it harder to eradicate once it is detected. In Adelaide, hobby beekeepers are joining forces with government and industry to take a frontline role in surveillance to keep the honey and pollination industry safe and protect our food production. They’re becoming an integral part of the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program (NBPSP), boosting the effectiveness of efforts to detect bee pests such as Varroa mite far beyond what could be achieved through government funding alone.

Aussie bee industry creates a buzz in Italy - RIRDC Media Release 10-Jul-2015
RIRDC’s Senior Program Manager, Dave Alden, participated in the ‘Beexpo’ conference in Milan, Italy on 16 June. The conference, entitled ‘Biodiversity and pollination: protection of bees and development of sustainable beekeeping’ was part of Expo Milan 2015. Expo Milan runs from May through October and has more than 140 participating countries.

Nosema warning to beekeepers - RIRDC Media Release 10-Jun-2015
Beekeepers are being urged to monitor their hives closely after mating flights following research showing that the so-called ‘silent killer’ Nosema Apis can be sexually transmitted from infected drones to queens. Nosema is a highly infectious gut fungus spread mainly through infected faeces, and is found throughout Australia. It gives bees dysentery, reduces their lifespan, and can cause queens to stop laying eggs – which can ultimately lead to the collapse of the colony.

Biosecurity Code of Practice and National Bee Biosecurity Program - AHBIC Australian Honey Bee Industry Council, web Release May-2015
For the past 3 years, the honey bee industry and Plant Health Australia (PHA) have been working to implement effective biosecurity arrangements for beekeepers around Australia. The Biosecurity Code of Practice (pdf file available for download) has been developed after extensive consultation with industry and government and has been taken to industry conferences for support. 

A genetic test that can prevent the entry of ‘killer’ bees into Australia and worldwide spread has been created by researchers at the University of Sydney and their collaborators at York University. The news is of critical importance to Australia, which produces an estimated $4 to $6 billion of farm and garden crops that rely on honeybee pollination. 

Bees hungry for access to public land - RIRDC Media Release 24-Apr-2015
Help is now available for Australian beekeepers trying to negotiate access to public land – a vital source of pollen and nectar for the bees that provide essential pollination services to agriculture. Around 70 per cent of Australian honey production comes from native flowers, many of which are prolific on public lands, but access is increasingly being restricted in state forests and national parks because European honey bees are not considered native to Australia.

Hobby beekeepers benefit from new resource - Media Release 13-Feb-2015
Over recent years the number of beekeepers in Australia has increased markedly in both urban and regional areas. They now have access to a wealth of information about keeping bees and honey bee biosecurity with the release of the book The Australian Beekeeping Guide. This book was previously published under the title Beekeeping in 1991.
Last update 3-Mar-2017
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