Episode 15: Are you a honey bee pest warrior? with Ally Driessen

Bee Biosecurity Officer Ally Driessen showing the sugar shake test for honey bees at a port in Melbourne

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The Good, The Bad and the Bug-ly, a Podcast series by the Urban Plant Health Network

Episode 15: Are you a honey bee pest warrior? with Ally Driessen

As the last major honey producing content that is free of the Varroa destructor mite, it’s important for the health of our honey bee populations that we keep it that way. But how do we protect our honey bees from pests and diseases that aren’t even here yet? If you are a beekeeper, you can help by becoming a honey bee pest warrior!

Bee Biosecurity Officer with Agriculture Victoria, Ally Driessen, talks all things honeybees and biosecurity and how beekeepers can become honey bee pest warriors.

Agriculture Victoria delivers the Victorian components of the National Bee Biosecurity Program (NBBP) and National Bee Pest Surveillance Program (NBPSP), and provides significant co-investment and expertise. Both of these programs are coordinated by Plant Health Australia (PHA) and funded by state and territory governments and Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) through their PHA levy. Hort Innovation provides significant investment to the NBPSP using research and development levies of horticultural industries. Other investment partners include Grains Producers Australia, the Victorian Honey Bee Compensation and Industry Development Fund and the Australian Government.

For more information visit the Urban Plant Health Network or Agriculture Victoria.

If you see something unusual, call the Exotic Pest Plant Health line on 1800 084 881 or take a photo and upload it to the MyPestGuide Reporter.

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