Future Surveillance Needs for Honeybee Biosecurity

  • 86 pages

  • Published: 2 Aug 2010

  • Author(s): Anderson, Denis, Simon Barry, David Cook, Rob Duthie, David Clifford

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The Australian honeybee industry produces honey and other bee products for domestic consumption and export, through apiculture of Apis mellifera. The industry has an estimated GVP of A$80 million. In addition, the annual benefit of apiculture to general agriculture through plant pollination in Australia is estimated to range from A$4 to 6 billion.

Because of the significant value of this industry there is a need for effective biosecurity. A component of this is the use of surveillance. This report considers a risk-based framework for exploring the costs and benefits of surveillance for exotic honeybee pests and diseases.