News & Events

  • Almond pollination preparation 2020

    14/05/2020 – 9:45 am The 2020 almond pollination season is not far away. The Agriculture Victoria apiary team reminds beekeepers planning to provide pollination services that it is vital to adequately prepare hives so that they are healthy and strong to work in the orchards. Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice (‘the Code’) Almond pollination season provides […] Read more
  • SA Bee Biosecurity Officer update

    06/05/2020 – 2:43 pm This update from South Australia’s Bee Biosecurity Officer Teagan Alexander gives an overview of her main activities since late 2019. Compliance issues Across South Australia various compliance issues have cropped up including holes in boxes, unregistered hives, exposed materials and unmanaged hives. The number of weak or dead hives on lucerne showed the stresses of […] Read more
  • Victoria strengthens bee biosecurity and Varroa mite preparedness

    30/04/2020 – 12:49 pm Agriculture Victoria’s apiary team increased the national award-winning State Quarantine Response Team (SQRT) in early March this year. Training was delivered to 25 new field team leaders (authorised Agriculture Victoria staff) and 35 industry members/beekeepers who wanted to help protect the industry from incursions of exotic bee pests. The SQRT program proved its worth when […] Read more
  • New tool to strengthen bee surveillance

    17/04/2020 – 12:00 pm State and territory apiary and biosecurity officers recently came together to have their first look at a new tool to streamline the collection of bee pest surveillance data. The Bee Surveillance Portal is an online application which has been developed to manage the data collected by the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program (NBPSP) field activities. […] Read more
  • Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), Crown Copyright

    Eyes in the apiary: external mite surveillance

    17/04/2020 – 11:47 am Current world events have highlighted the level of management required for preventative biosecurity and, even more so, the difficulty of tracing and eradication once an incursion breaches the border. They have also illustrated the importance of an individual’s actions. When it comes to bee biosecurity, all beekeepers need to be vigilant to support the early […] Read more