The 2020 Australian bushfires had a devastating effect on the NSW Apiary Industry. Around 9,800 hives were burnt, more than 88,000 hives lost bees, and key flora resources were destroyed on a vast scale.
Without intervention is it estimated that there will be a state-wide decline in beekeepers and jobs throughout the Apiary sector supply chain, and the cost to agriculture could run to tens of millions of dollars and seriously impact food security in NSW.
We are trying to help...
Many members from our team attended and presented our work at the Australian Bee Congress at the Rosehill Gardens, Sydney from June 8-11.
Congratulations to our students and ECRs, who presented in the lightening talks session and took out all three of the prizes on offer: Best Talk, first prize and runner-up prize and the People's Choice award!
Read more about each individual arm of the project to learn how we are trying to protect the livelihoods of NSW beekeepers by clicking on the "Project Areas" menu. Click on the images below to find the website for each of our affiliate institutions.
Auditing NSW government-owned lands for suitability as bee sites.
We are focused on retaining and creating jobs for beekeepers, and building industry sustainability. Read more here.
Establishing pollinator-friendly plants in rural NSW
We are focused on enhancing sustainable beekeeping and increasing community awareness of the link between bees and food security. Read more here.
Upskilling beekeepers - subsidized courses in biosecurity and queen breeding.
We are focused on business development with a focus on productivity, and sustainability and growth. Read more here.
Safeguarding NSW honey by profiling its unique chemical compositions
We are focused on establishing profiles of NSW honeys to ensure provenance and protect the honey industry. Read more here.
Creating new honey markets by exploring honey as a health food to fight gut infections
We are focused on adding value to NSW honey as a functional food with prebiotic properties, diversifying products and expanding the market. Read more here.