Project snapshot: Increasing the value of Australian honey as a health food
Honey has a long history of use to treat digestive ailments and research suggests honey acts as a prebiotic food that favourably changes the balance...
Published: 1 Nov 1999
Author(s): Lacey, Michael
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If A. cerana javana succeeds in establishing itself on the Australian mainland, it will have major consequences because it will:
• seriously damage the honey bee industry by competing aggressively with A. mellifera for floral sources;
• introduce the ectoparasitic mites Varroa jacobsoni and V. underwoodi;
• disrupt pollination worth over $1 billion per annum to the economy;
• threaten the survival of native bee populations.