Bee Scientifics

ISS Agribusiness Fellowship 2018!

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!

Some Exciting news for Survivor Stock

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

Queen Rearing Course and Hives for Sale

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!

Ascospharea apis aka…Chalkbrood

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

A hive of activity as Australia’s commercial bee keepers are surveyed

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