We are heading to the United States in a few weeks on an exciting adventure to learn how to breed Varroa tolerant bees from some of the most successful projects in the world. We will bring all our learning back to Australia and start creating the framework to tackle Varroa even before it arrives! This … Read moreLearning From The Best
Winter has finally arrived here in central Victoria. Hopefully all this rain will make for excellent spring forage. During winter bees hunker in their hives and feed off the stored honey and bee bread. In much of Australia temperatures are warm enough to supplemental feed if stores fall short. Sugar provides carbohydrates necessary to give … Read moreWinter Feeding
The International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS) is excited to help support honey bee research! Jody Gerdts was awarded a travel fellowship to study Varroa tolerance selection techniques with some key bee labs in the United States in July-August 2019. The goal of this project is to learn about traits and selection methods instrumental in helping … Read moreISS Agribusiness Fellowship 2018!
Last week I was at Darebin Parklands checking queens from the nucs we made during our queen rearing workshop. I was working late into the evening watching the sky fill with daunting rain clouds (57 ml of rain the following day!) and preparing to shift the colonies back to Bendigo. At 7:00pm, the girls were … Read morePropolis Flow at Darebin Parklands
Australian honey bees are some of the most healthy in the world. If they’re allowed the time, they will develop varroa resistance on their own. Other populations have- ours can too. Aug. 7, 2015 Some honeybee colonies adapt in wake of deadly mites By Krishna Ramanujan Provided A worker bee with two Varroa mites. Tom … Read moreSome Exciting news for Survivor Stock
We are really excited to have details nailed down for our upcoming queen rearing course October 30th 31st, and November 1st in the greater Melbourne area. We also have Spring bee hives (nucs) for sale. Please follow the links to our website for more information and pass the good news along!
THE DISCUSSION From 30th June to 7th August the TECA Beekeeping Exchange Group will host a moderated discussion on bee diseases and the use of veterinary medicines in beekeeping around the world. The discussion is held in collaboration with the Regional Institute for Animal Diseases of Latium and Tuscany (IZSLT – Italy) and APIMONDIA. Beekeepers … Read moreTECA Beekeeping Exchange Survey
Although chalk brood has a global distribution, little is known about Australian strains of A. apis and its virulence toward honey bees. We are working to rectify that! Here are some pictures of culturing A. apis from chalk brood mummies last month. Ascosphaera apis is the fungus that causes chalkbrood disease in honey bees. The … Read moreAscospharea apis aka…Chalkbrood
An upcoming survey of the Australian honey bee industry will collect baseline data that will provide information on the current economic situation of Australian beekeepers. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) survey would provide a thorough picture of changes to the national industry along … Read moreA hive of activity as Australia’s commercial bee keepers are surveyed