This multi-faceted project is all about protecting Australia’s pollination future, and includes the famous “bee balloon” mapping technique.
The Pollination Fund aims to enhance and support existing pollinators, and identify the most effective pollination methods for various horticulture crop types.
Pollination is the transfer of pollen grains from one flower to another, and is
critical in 60% of agricultural production. It helps the growth of many fruits,
vegetables, nut and flower species, and in some instances, can increase crop
yield. In Australia, pollination-dependent crops have been estimated to be
worth over $4.3 billion per annum, with a direct contribution by honeybees
estimated to be over $1.6 billion*.
The Australian horticultural industry faces many shared challenges with the
honey bee industry, with the threat of the parasitic Varroa mite, and colony
collapse disorder. Australia is the last country in the world where Varroa
mite has not taken hold on the European honeybee population. This mite is
thought to be a major factor behind widespread colony collapses in various
countries including the United States, Canada and Japan.
The fund aims to create a sustainable and resilient horticultural industry
through improved pollination options and services. It has 3 key areas of
focus: Management of European Honey Bee; Optimization of crop pollination
efficiency; Identifying alternative crop pollinators.
To help in safeguarding the horticulture industry, the Pollination Fund will
identify putting practical measures in place to support honey bee health and
identify and develop new pollination opportunities and techniques.
Please be aware that all submitted concepts must fit within the parameters as outlined in the Strategic Intent Document