Forestry Plantations and Honey Bees

  • 39 pages

  • Published: 17 Jun 2010

  • Author(s): Somerville, Doug

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The Australian beekeeping industry is suffering from a decline in the available and suitable apiary sites with access to beneficial floral species. Without a range of suitable flowering events for the bees to obtain their necessary nutritional requirements, the bees won’t survive. This research study is designed to investigate the potential capacity of plantation forestry to contribute to the Australian honey bee floral resource base.
This RIRDC report is aimed at assisting the beekeeping industry in clearly identifying the systems and issues under which they operate with a varied audience, including foresters and those with a concern for the future viability of the Australian beekeeping industry.