Braula coeca fly on a honey beePhoto courtesy M Zhang
What do you call a fly with no wings? A walk.
Braula coeca is just that, … Read More
braula, louse, mites, pests
Managing your hives, Pests and diseases
If Australia is going to have a prosperous honey bee industry, then queen quality and breeding is going to be very important to make sure … Read More
breeding, Plan bee, queen bees, queen producer, survey
Nothing is as Australian as Vegemite on toast, but what if that was all you ate for every meal, every day?
If that doesn’t sound very … Read More
diet diversity, mononoculture, nutrition, pollination, remnant vegetation, weeds
Managing your hives, Pollination
For a colony to show hygienic behaviour, there are three things the workers must do.
The first is detection: a worker bee must sense that … Read More
American foulbrood, brood disease, chalkbrood, European foulbrood, hive management, hygienic behaviour, varroa
B-QUAL Australia was established by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council in 2002 with the aim that 90% of honey production be quality assured for … Read More
B-QUAL, food safety standards, honey
Managing your hives, Policy and compliance
An AgriFutures Australia project by Robert Banks and Vinzent Boerner of the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit, a joint venture between NSW Department of Primary … Read More
breeding, colony assessment, genetics, pedigree, queen bees
Honey bees eat nectar (carbohydrates) and pollen (protein). Simple. But we can make it more complex: amino acids, fats, minerals and vitamins.
Colonies will perish within … Read More
carbohydrate, diet, fat, minerals, nutrition, pollen, protein, supplements, vitamins
Managing your hives
Honey bee populations have declined in many parts of the globe, with pests and diseases being a major cause. An Agrifutures Australia project, led by … Read More
autumn, hive management, nosema, nutrition, pollen
Nosemosis is a disease of honey bees caused by the parasites Nosema apis and N. ceranae. Nosemosis often affects adult field bees which can reduce … Read More
autumn, biosecurity, hive management, nosema, winter
Managing your hives, Pests and diseases, Policy and compliance
Plan Bee aims to foster a sustainable national genetic improvement program using innovative breeding technologies to transform the performance of honey bees in Australia. … Read More
breeding, Plan bee, queen bees
Managing your hives, Pests and diseases, Pollination