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Ongoing project

National Bee Pest Surveillance Program: Transition program (MT21008)

Key research provider: Plant Health Australia

What’s it all about?

This investment is delivering a national coordinated bee-pest surveillance program to help safeguard honey-bee and pollinator-dependent industries in Australia. The National Bee Surveillance Program was established in 2012, supported by the previous National Bee Pest Surveillance Program (MT12011) and Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program (MT16005).

The program will conduct surveillance for 13 pests that impact honey bees (mites and beetles), and pest bees that could either carry hitchhiking parasites or could themselves cause detrimental impacts to honeybees. The program activities include upgrading sentinel hive arrays, strengthening relationships with surveillance operators and more. The surveillance is designed to enable the early detection of high-priority pest incursions that can impact on honey bees, providing the best opportunity for successful pest eradication.

Several levy industries are contributors to the work, and the program is part of the Hort Frontiers Pollination Fund. Hort Frontiers is Hort Innovation’s strategic partnership initiative, with more information available at www.hortfrontiers.com.au.

Details

This project is part of the Hort Frontiers Pollination Fund and involves levy investment from the almond, apple and pear, avocado, cherry, lychee, macadamia, mango, melon, onion, passionfruit, raspberry and blackberry, strawberry, summerfruit and vegetable industries.