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Hygienic behaviour of the Western Australian bee breeding program
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation Western Australian Agriculture Authority, a body corporate established under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007
Objective summary To genetically improve the hygienic behaviour of honey bees; decrease problems of bee diseases and to increase hive productivity.

To identify hygienic behavioural traits in established breeding lines. Use that information to breed hygienic lines by controlled open mating (Rottnest Island) and instrumental insemination.

To improve the hygienic quality of queen bees; provide disease resistant stock to the Australian industry and boost productivity of the hive through cleaner brood combs.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Project completion date Friday, April 30, 2010
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Advanced Technology
RIRDC goal HBE-Increase productivity and profitability of beekeepers
Principal researcher Robert Manning
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Joe Sherrard