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Australia redoubles bee protection efforts

Australia’s busiest pollinators have received a boost after the official launch a multi-faceted effort to maintain the health of the nation’s bees along with the country’s $1.8 billion pollination-reliant horticulture and grain industries.

Horticulture Innovation Australia, the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council and Grain Producers Australia have joined forces to deliver a $3M program that will see bee surveillance bolstered at 32 of the nation’s riskiest ports.

Horticulture Innovation Australia chief executive John Lloyd said the new enhanced bee pest surveillance program would provide the best chance for early detection and eradication of exotic industry pests.

“We are fortunate that a lot of the pests and diseases that are serious threats to bees, and plant food industries, are not on Australian shores,” he said listing Varroa and other mites, exotic bees and certain beetles as high priority pests.

“However that isn't luck. It's the result of intensive, world-leading research efforts combined with the vigilance and support of organisations and government agencies across the country.”



Led by Plant Health Australia, this project will include a boost in the number of catchboxes that trap exotic bees and pests at various ports, and more teams will be on the ground using nets to detect any exotic bees foraging on key plants within a 600m zone of the ports.

On top of that, there will be an increase in the number of honey bee hives located across ports with surveillance officers trained in the latest hive inspection measures to detect Varroa mite and other exotic pests.

Throughout the program, engagement will continue with Commonwealth biosecurity teams including Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy, Operational Science Services, and all state and territory government and beekeepers.

Chair of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Lindsay Bourke said the new program supports 13,000 registered beekeepers that operate around 500,000 hives, and complements the smart-trap hive program, which employs advanced monitoring technology.

“The potentially devastating impact of exotic pests such as Varroa mite, which is yet to take hold in Australia, pose a significant threat to our honeybees and our pollination services,” he said. “Hence, doing everything we can to help fight this risk is vital.”

The enhanced bee surveillance program complements more than $12M in research Horticulture Innovation Australia is delivering – with industry levies, funds from the Australian Government and its partners – to protect and enhance the nation’s pollinators.

Learn more about bees and pollination in the Pollination Aware Fact Sheet.

For more information 
Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd
Level 8, 1 Chifley Square NSW 2000 Australia 
T: 61 2 8295 2300 
F: 61 2 8295 2399 


Publication date: 5/19/2017

 


 

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