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  • Beekeepers urged to adopt Biosecurity Code of Practice

    01/08/2018 – 2:40 pm

    Beekeepers nationally, commercial and hobby, are being urged to adopt the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice to keep their bees healthy and to safeguard honey bee and pollination dependent industries. Honey production is worth more than $100 million annually, along with sales of beeswax, queen and packaged bees. This is dwarfed by […] Read more

  • Port surveillance system targets exotic bee pests

    17/07/2018 – 1:09 pm

    Australia has one of the strongest honey bee surveillance program in the world, with 170 closely monitored beehives at 32 ports across Australia providing an early warning system for exotic bee pests and diseases. In the wake of a recent varroa mite detection in an incoming ship to the Port of Melbourne there is a […] Read more

  • Help us stop varroa mite in its tracks

    09/07/2018 – 4:07 pm

    Agriculture Victoria is urging anyone with unregistered or feral bee hives within a surveillance zone around the Port of Melbourne to contact them. The surveillance zone was established following a detection of varroa mite at the Port last week. Acting Chief Plant Health Officer Nigel Ainsworth said Agriculture Victoria is currently undertaking precautionary surveillance of […] Read more

  • Science throws honey researchers a curve ball on hunt for bioactivity secrets

    30/05/2018 – 12:33 pm

    A research project screening Western Australian honey for bioactivity traits that could support health products is uncovering some surprising results. As part of an AgriFutures™ Honey Bee and Pollination Program supported project, researchers from the University of Western Australia, together with the Cooperative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products, are analysing honeys that are native […] Read more

  • Wet summer could deliver multi-million dollar bee hive loss

    30/04/2018 – 4:39 pm

    Apiarists are on high alert following a surge in small hive beetle populations due to dry spring conditions and a wet, humid end to summer. First detected in Australia in 2002, small hive beetle (SHB) is now the largest and leading apiary pest in warm, moist locations of eastern Australia. The pest feeds on bee […] Read more

  • Regulation changes for honey bee industry align with best practice

    30/04/2018 – 4:12 pm

    The South Australian honeybee industry is set to follow the latest in biosecurity best practice with changes to the Livestock Regulations 2013 to take effect this month (April). The amendments which come into effect on Thursday 19 April align with the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice, which has been endorsed nationally and […] Read more

  • New SA Bee Biosecurity Officer out and about

    22/02/2018 – 11:12 am

    Biosecurity SA is reminding beekeepers to be on the lookout for American foulbrood (AFB), found in hives pollinating lucerne in the Tintinara area. Biosecurity SA’s new Bee Biosecurity Officer Teagan Alexander is working closely with apiarists in the region to ensure no further spread of the disease. Beekeepers and growers seeking further information on AFB […] Read more

  • The ‘bee’ all and end all: the importance of rapid hygienic behavior testing in bees

    14/12/2017 – 2:20 pm

    In the latest best practice video developed by the Honey Bee & Pollination Program, one of Australia’s most respected apiarists has encouraged honey producers to adopt rapid hygienic behavior testing in an effort to limit pest and disease incursions. In the fifth episode in the series, Lindsay Bourke from Australian Honey Products in Launceston, Tasmania, […] Read more

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    Townsville residents asked to report unusual bee activity

    07/12/2017 – 8:37 am

    Biosecurity Queensland is asking Townsville residents to keep reporting unusual bees and unmanaged bee colonies. Public assistance is an essential part of the hunt for varroa mite, which was first detected in an Asian honey bee nest at the Port of Townsville in June 2016. “We have had excellent support from local beekeepers and the […] Read more

  • Keepers urged to be on the lookout for deadly disease

    19/10/2017 – 2:25 pm

    Beekeepers have been urged to look out for discoloured brood and dead larvae, both symptoms of NSW’s most serious brood disease of honey bees, American foulbrood (AFB). The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) today declared October as AFB Awareness Month – a month-long campaign dedicated to educating beekeepers across the state about the fatal and […] Read more

  • Roosting rainbow bee-eaters needed to find Asian honey bees in Townsville

    18/07/2017 – 3:22 pm

    The National Varroa Mite Eradication Program (NVMEP) is seeking public assistance to locate roosts of rainbow bee-eaters in the Townsville area. The program uses a variety of surveillance methods to detect Asian honey bees, one of which relies on the rainbow bee-eater birds, which occur throughout Townsville. As all beekeepers know, bee-eaters love to eat […] Read more

  • Pollination technique could significantly boost macadamia yield

    05/07/2017 – 11:45 am

    Improving macadamia tree yields by more than 50 per cent could be achieved by alternating varieties in rows and increasing pollinators, new research suggests. For the study – funded by Hort Innovation and Plant & Food Research and the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) – researchers conducted a trial in a Bundaberg orchard which investigated pollination […] Read more

  • New Biosecurity Officer protects NSW bee industry

    25/05/2017 – 11:58 am

    The NSW bee industry will be further protected to minimise the impact of pests and diseases with the appointment of a new Bee Biosecurity Officer based at the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Tocal College at Paterson. DPI’s Manager of Plant Biosecurity Prevention and Preparedness, Dr Chris Anderson said the new appointment of Rod Bourke […] Read more

  • New guide to assist beekeepers harvest and extract honey

    24/05/2017 – 11:36 am

    Beekeepers can get practical information on harvesting and extracting honey with a new publication, produced by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Tocal College, launched at the NSW Apiarists’ Association Conference. DPI Technical Specialist Honey Bees and co-author Dr Doug Somerville said the guide, Honey Harvesting and Extracting, informs beekeepers of the best management practices […] Read more

  • Redoubling Australia’s bee protection efforts

    19/05/2017 – 3:15 pm

    The nation’s busiest pollinators have received a boost after the official launch a multi-faceted effort to maintain the health of Australia’s bees along with the country’s $1.8 billion pollination-reliant horticulture and grain industries. Horticulture Innovation Australia, the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council and Grain Producers Australia have joined forces to deliver a $3M program that […] Read more

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    Online training brings beekeepers up to standard

    28/04/2017 – 9:43 am

    A new online training course was launched by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) and Plant Health Australia this week, to make it easy for beekeepers to find out how to care for honey bees in accordance with the new Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice. The Biosecurity for Beekeepers course explains […] Read more

  • Large African hive beetle now high priority pest

    23/03/2017 – 3:38 pm

    In the wake of the first ever Australian review of the risk posed to the country’s pollination and agricultural industries by large African hive beetle (LAHB), the pest is now endorsed as a High Priority Pest by all state, territory and federal governments. As part of a research project funded by the Honey Bee and […] Read more

  • Medical grade Australian honey

    10/03/2017 – 1:37 pm

    The world has a new source of antibacterial honey,with research confirming that Australian honey from the same species as New Zealand’s well-known manuka honey has similar medicinal properties. This is a potential boon for the Australian industry, as medical-grade honey sourced from New Zealand earns an estimated $75 million a year. Praised for its antibacterial […] Read more

  • Varroa mite eradication update

    10/02/2017 – 1:52 pm

    Bees on the move With the recent rainfall in North Queensland, there has been a notable increase in bee activity and swarms. The National Varroa Mite Eradication Progam is calling on beekeepers and members of the public in the Townsville area  to report new bee swarms and feral nests so that they can be examined […] Read more

  • Varroa mite prevention and control program in Townsville

    19/01/2017 – 9:23 am

    Biosecurity Queensland is conducting surveillance and control activities to detect and destroy Asian honey bees and eradicate varroa mites. To stop the spread of varroa mites, a Prevention and Control Program is now in place for the Townsville City Council local government area. The Prevention and Control Program imposes obligations on an occupier of a […] Read more