News & Events

  • Changes to NSW beekeeping registration conditions

    16/08/2019 – 12:00 pm

    A new condition will come into effect from 1 July 2020 requiring existing and new beekeepers registered in NSW to comply with the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice (the Code). What is the Code? The Code has been developed by industry in collaboration with all states and territories to provide a national […] Read more

  • Bee biosecurity checklist for almond pollination

    01/08/2019 – 9:28 am

    Beekeepers who plan to attend pollinations are urged to complete a four point checklist. Read more

  • Probiotics study shows promise in detecting and treating disease in honey bees

    16/07/2019 – 2:09 pm

    Preliminary trials have shown there to be a direct correlation between gut bacterial numbers in honey bees and the overall health of hives. High levels of gut bacteria in honeybees could mean healthier and more productive hives, according to the latest research from the University of Canberra funded by AgriFutures Australia. While further testing needs […] Read more

  • Guides to better pollination

    09/07/2019 – 8:59 am

    Pollination guides for blueberry, melon, macadamia and avocado crops are now available for Australian producers. Each brochure contains detailed information about the basics of pollination, the range of pollinators for the crop, and a checklist to ensure the best pollination results. The unique features of each crop are considered to give tailored advice on maximising pollination […] Read more

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    Varroa mites detected again at Townsville Port

    14/06/2019 – 11:40 am

    Varroa mites have been detected on an Asian honey bee nest that was recently found and destroyed at the Port of Townsville. The nest was located on 16 May 2019 as a result of bee lining activities where foraging bees are tracked. Combs and bees collected from the nest were sent to the Brisbane Biosecurity […] Read more

  • It’s a buzz

    05/06/2019 – 9:33 am

    Native bee enthusiasts and professionals alike are in a buzz of excitement with the formation their own member organisation, the Australian Native Bee Association. President Dr Tim Heard said: “The association will harness and spread the enthusiasm for native bees by many groups including naturalists, beekeepers, farmers and backyarders.” The Australian Native Bee Association aims […] Read more

  • How surveillance protects our bees

    25/03/2019 – 11:45 am

    Surveillance for bee pests from overseas is essential to maintaining a healthy bee population in Australia and protecting our beekeeping industry. The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program (NBPSP) monitors for the presence of exotic bee pests and pest bees, as well as regionalised bee pests, across 32 sea and air ports. Dr Jenny Shanks, Bee […] Read more

  • Western Australia a sweet spot for beekeeping

    15/03/2019 – 1:45 pm

    Western Australians’ affinity with beekeeping continues to grow, with the number of registered beekeepers across the State surpassing the 3000 mark this week. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development records show the number of registered beekeepers have grown from 660 in 2010 to 3005 beekeepers caring for more than 45,860 beehives. Department livestock biosecurity director […] Read more

  • Ten reasons why the Code of Practice is good a thing

    12/11/2018 – 8:32 am

    The Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice sets requirements for beekeepers that provide a framework for implementing biosecurity best practices. The Code is part of the National Bee Biosecurity Program and was developed by Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) in collaboration with state and federal governments. Recently, Peter McDonald, the Chair of […] Read more

  • Honey Bee Health Survey 2018

    05/11/2018 – 12:12 pm

    Please take the time to complete the Honey Bee Health Survey 2018. A short survey has been developed to find out how healthy Australian honey bees are, and what pests and diseases might be causing problems for beekeepers. The results from the survey will be used to decide what help beekeepers might need to keep […] Read more

  • Stingless bees as effective pollinators

    11/10/2018 – 11:41 am

    Honeybees are excellent pollinators of many crops, but the burden placed on their health by pests and diseases is heavy. Added to that, the looming threat of a varroa mite incursion makes our reliance on honeybees for pollination decidedly risky. In this context, the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University is heading […] Read more

  • Online biosecurity course for beekeepers

    03/10/2018 – 12:08 pm

    Commercial beekeepers with more than 50 hives can register for a free online biosecurity course on activities to prevent the spread of pests and diseases in their hives. The Biosecurity for Beekeepers course, which takes about 90 minutes to complete, covers: checking hives for pests and diseases identifying exotic and established pests and diseases of […] Read more

  • Bee aware of foulbrood

    25/09/2018 – 5:34 pm

    NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has declared American foulbrood (AFB) Awareness Month this October to help keep local bee hives healthy and productive. DPI plant biosecurity prevention and preparedness manager, Chris Anderson, urged beekeepers across the state to look for symptoms of AFB and take prompt action. “If there are signs of AFB, dark […] Read more

  • Update on bee biosecurity programs

    19/09/2018 – 12:42 pm

    Bee Biosecurity Officers have been busy over the last few months, taking part in Exercise Bee Prepared, as well as compliance and surveillance operations, and going to industry meetings and field days. Encouraging beekeepers to follow best management practices for diseases like American foulbrood continues to be a major focus. The officers are also talking […] Read more

  • 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