Code of Practice

Find out more about the new
honey bee biosecurity Code of Practice

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Pests of honey bees

Get to know the established and
exotic pests that could affect your hives

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Honey bee pollination

How beekeepers and growers can
improve pollination results

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Be alert to exotic pests

Get advice and tips on how to inspect
your hives for exotic pests

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Help is available

Contact a biosecurity officer for help
keeping your bees healthy

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About BeeAware

BeeAware is a hub of information for beekeepers and growers about honey bee biosecurity and pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops.

The site contains an extensive range of information about exotic and established pests and diseases of honey bees, and helps beekeepers to identify and respond to these pest threats. It also contains information about the pollination of crops and how beekeepers and growers can work together to provide and receive best practice pollination services.

BeeAware was funded by the Australian honey bee industry, pollinator-reliant plant industries, Plant Health Australia, governments and R&D agencies.

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