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
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
Biosecurity, Managing your hives, Pests and diseases
Plan Bee aims to work with queen breeders, producers, beekeepers and growers to create a sustainable national honey bee genetic improvement program using innovative breeding … Read More
breeding, Plan bee, queen bees
Breeding, Genetics, Plan Bee
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
Breeding, Managing your hives, Pests and diseases, Plan Bee
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
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
Breeding, Managing your hives, Pests and diseases
Tracking outbreaks of exotic diseases has never been more at the forefront of public thinking, and it’s important to remember that the honey bee industry … Read More
colony density, drone congregation area, pollination, queen pheromone, varroa
Pests and diseases, Pollination
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
Agrichemicals, Managing your hives, Policy and compliance, Training & resources
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
Breeding, Genetics, Managing your hives, Pests and diseases
The English black bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) was first introduced to Australia in 1822. Lugurian (A. m. ligustica) bees arrived in the early 1860s, Caucasian … Read More
ancestry, genetics, hybrid, subspecies
The short answer is yes. But how do we know that?
Firstly, growers of any crops that rely on honey bees for pollination need to know … Read More
colony density, drone congregation area, 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