For all the buzz around backyard beekeeping, there's a shift underway at the other end of the industry.
The big commercial operators are looking to move from mass honey production to pollination.
In part this comes down to the expansion of horticultural industries that rely on bees.
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A regional Australian company behind a game-changing bio insecticide that is safe for bees and other beneficial insects has secured funding to ensure its production remains on home soil.
As wild bee populations in the US collapse, with big implications for agriculture, new software might just save the day. Andrew Masterson reports.
Declines in wild bee populations in the US are putting at least $3 billion worth of crops at risk, a new study has shown – but help may be at hand in the form of an app.
A proposal to explore the commercial effectiveness of bumblebees in our State must only go ahead if the risks to honey bees can be guaranteed not to exist.
On face value, finding another species to help with pollination of crops is a worthy and potentially necessary move.
Given the bumblebees exist in Tasmania, and we are told eradication is not feasible, using them to stimulate growth in the horticultural sector seems like the best way to go.
Manuka honey made by bees foraging on Australian native plants has antibacterial properties at least as powerful as the famous New Zealand variety, according to new research, but New Zealand producers are trying to trademark the name.
Researchers have found the medicinal properties of Australian manuka honey are just as powerful as that produced in New Zealand.
Bees are said to be responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Honey is good but it’s the flowers they pollinate that makes bees essential to our lives.
Bee expert Doug Purdie says you don’t need to manage a bee-hive, you simply need to grow plants that bees like.
When Professor Mandyam Srinivasan began studying bees 25 years ago, he had no idea where it would take him.
He was interested in learning how they landed so elegantly, and avoided colliding in mid-air.
There are tricks of the trade when moving any type of livestock, but shifting a group of beehives takes real finesse, and there is an art to getting all the stock on the truck.
Beekeeper Dwayne Sykes is moving a group of hives from their nest in some grasses and flowers, in the hills above Wellington in the New South Wales central west