AgriFutures™ Honey Bee and Pollination Program to showcase golden research at 3rd Australian Bee Congress


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AgriFutures Australia is a proud Gold Partner of the 3rd Australian Bee Congress which is reconvening for the first time in three decades from 27-30 June 2018.

The Congress will explore the theme of Pollination and Beekeeping for the Future, with program sessions focused on improving and maximising profits from pollination services, pesticide management, bee breeding, exotic pest threats, honey bee viruses, landscape design to support pollination, honey bee nutrition and the global honey trade.

Several AgriFutures™ Honey Bee & Pollination Advisory Panel members and associated researchers will deliver presentations at the Congress.

Attendees will hear from AgriFutures™ Honey Bee & Pollination Advisory Panel Chair, Dr Doug Somerville, on why fat bees make money. AgriFutures Australia funded researcher, Dr John Roberts, from CSIRO Health and Biosecurity will discuss the implications of Australia’s unique viral landscape and what we have ready to protect our honey bees from exotic pest threats. Advisory Panel member James Kershaw, will reflect on factors that determine the ultimate size of the Australian beekeeping industry.

AgriFutures Australia Program Manager, Research & Innovation, Dr Melanie Bradley, said she is anticipating an exciting and informative event that will generate innovative ideas for the AgriFutures™ Honey Bee & Pollination Program.

“The Australian Bee Congress is an opportunity for program stakeholders, including beekeepers and researchers, to meet, share new knowledge and discuss research opportunities for the program,” said Dr Bradley.

“The honey bee and pollination industry is an established and mature industry that has exciting growth potential. This event is important for raising the industry’s profile and highlighting the relevance of research to the beekeeping community.

“We’re thrilled to be involved and to have so many of our expert researchers presenting at the event.”

As a Gold Partner, AgriFutures Australia will have a trade exhibition stand offering a meeting space, educational resources about the latest program research and what is on the horizon for the honey bee industry.

The AgriFutures™ Honey Bee & Pollination Program supports research, development and extension that will ensure a productive, sustainable and more profitable Australian beekeeping industry and secure the pollination of Australia’s horticultural and agricultural crops.

The Program Five-Year RD&E Plan guides investment and is focused on:

  • addressing pests and diseases
  • beekeeper productivity and profitability
  • the role of flora in honey bee management
  • the role of pollination in delivering more productive systems
  • extension, communication and capacity building.

AgriFutures™ Honey Bee & Pollination Program Advisory Panel members and researchers presenting at the 3rd Australian Bee Congress include:

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Speaker Presentation
Prof Ben Oldroyd How many bees do we need and how many do we have?
Danny Le Feuvre Positioning a forward-thinking business to leverage pollination opportunities
Dr Robert Banks Genetic improvement of productivity and health in honey bees – scope and developments in Australia
Jody Gerdts Towards breeding resistance to chalkbrood: Selection and development of hygenic honey bee lines in Australia
Prof Saul Cunningham What part will crop pollination play in future agriculture?
Dr John Roberts What do we have ready to protect our honey bees?
Dr Doug Somerville Fat bees make money
Dr John Roberts Implications of Australia’s unique viral landscape
James Kershaw What are the factors that will determine the ultimate size of the Australian beekeeping industry?

Event details
3rd Australian Bee Congress
27 – 30 June 2018
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast QLD

More details can be found in the Congress program:

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