European foulbrood is a bacterial disease caused by Melissococcus plutonius. It is highly contagious. The brood are infected by food contaminated with the bacterium. The … Read More
American foulbrood, European foulbrood, hive management
Agrichemicals, Code of Practice, Managing your hives, Nutrition, Pests and diseases
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, Nutrition, Pollination
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, Nutrition
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
Managing your hives, Nutrition, Pests and diseases
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, Nutrition, Pests and diseases, Policy and compliance
This week is devoted to celebrating pollinators. Pollinators include: bees, flies, wasps, moths, butterflies, bats and other small mammals, and birds.
According to an AgriFutures Australia … Read More
agriculture, Agrifutures Australia, BeeAware, crop guides, Hort Innovation, pollination, Pollinator week
Agrichemicals, Beekeeping on public land, Biosecurity, Code of Practice, Nutrition, Pests and diseases, Pollination
Honey and Pollen Flora of South-Eastern Australia is a long-awaited publication written by Dr. Doug Somerville, Technical Specialist, Bees with the NSW Department of Primary … Read More
acacia, angophora, corymbia, eucalyptus, honey, leatherwood, pollen
Beekeeping on public land, Honey, Managing your hives, Nutrition, Pollination
Laboratory testing of honey.Source: http://www.chemcentre.wa.gov.au/Our-Services/Primary-Industry-chemistry/Honey-analysis
There have been a few media reports about honey adulteration in Australia in the past year. This has resulted in a … Read More
acacia, banksia, bioactive honey, honey, honey standards, leatherwood, Leptospermum, NMR, red gum, supplementary feeding
Agrichemicals, Code of Practice, Honey, Managing your hives, Nutrition, Policy and compliance
Spring has sprung, and it is time for beekeepers to spring into action to ensure a good season.
Early spring inspections
Is there a laying queen?
Is there … Read More
chalkbrood, hive management, honey, queen bees, spring, supplementary feeding, swarming
Breeding, Managing your hives, Nutrition, Pests and diseases
By definition honey is a “natural sweet substance produced by honey bees from the nectar of blossoms … which honey bees collect, transform and combine … Read More
biosecurity, hive management, nosema, nutrition, pollen, sugar, supplementary feeding
Code of Practice, Managing your hives, Nutrition, Pests and diseases