Evaluation of anti-Varroa boards for increase in honey production

Western Sydney University

  • Project code: PRJ-003551

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Monday, October 20, 2008

  • Project completion date: Wednesday, August 26, 2009

  • National Priority: HBE-Improve understanding of nutrition best practice and disease interaction


This project aims to evaluate the benefits of using modified hive bottom boards in the absence of varroa mite, in Australia. It will compare traditional wooden bottom boards with mesh boards and the French-designed tubed bottom boards for their ability to stimulate hive strength and increase honey production early in the season. It will also assess whether modified bottom boards provide any benefits for reducing small hive beetle infestations in hives.

Investigations will be conducted in NSW and Victoria. The following parameters will be measured:

Flight activity
Area of sealed brood
Area of stored pollen
Honey production (hive weight)
Incidence of small hive beetle in hive

Positive outcomes from the project will assist in adoption of use of modified bottom boards, even prior to any need for their use for management of varroa mite.


Honey Bee

Research Organisation

Western Sydney University

Objective Summary

To assess whether bottom boards primarily designed to control varroa mite, could lead to an increase in honey production and facilitate the production of pollen.
To assess whether bottom boards primarily designed to control varroa mite, could lead to improved management of small hive beetle
To compare mesh bottom boards and tube bottom boards for their ability to achieve the above desired outcomes
To familiarise Australian beekeepers with use of modified bottom boards. This is important prior to any establishment of varroa mite in Australia, where they are likely to be used for both reduction of mites in-hive, and for monitoring presence of mites, especially in winter.