In partnership with Plant Health Australia (PHA), this project will deliver sustainable pollination services for Australian crops by improving the understanding of pollination requirements. It will also look at key threats to honeybees, and provide crop-specific resources to encourage growers to improve their pollination practices.
The project has three main research areas. Firstly, it will determine current pollination requirements to provide honeybee stocking rate recommendations. Secondly, it will identify and develop management options for alternative pollinators to provide resilient pollination services.
Thirdly, it will develop new tools to aid honey bee health through new testing methods for American Foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae) and honey bee behaviours that confer resistance to Varroa mites.