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Evaluation of anti-Varroa boards for increase in honey production
Summary 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 Frenchdesigned 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.
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation University of Western Sydney
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 inhive, and for monitoring presence of mites, especially in winter.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Monday, October 20, 2008
Project completion date Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Advanced Technology
RIRDC goal HBE-Reduce the incidence and impact of pests and diseases on the beekeeping and pollination services industries
Principal researcher Robert Spooner-Hart
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Rochelle Finlay