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In hive fungal bio-control of small hive beetle
Summary This project will build on the outcomes of the previous RIRDC project PRJ000037 which undertook a feasibility study into the fungal biocontrol of small hive beetle with endemic isolates of the entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana. This project will furhter investigate the potential of the Beauveria isolates found to be virulent to adult SHB.
The methodology will build on the DPI&F expertise gained in the previous RIRDC porject and the more general expertise gained from research into fungal control of a range of livestock pests and parasites. The project team at Yeerongpilly intends to work closely with and seek advice from others experienced in the honey bee industry: DPI&F apiary officers, Qld Beekeepers Association, Queen Bee Breeeders Association and consult with NSW DPI officers Dr Garry Levot and Mr Nick Annand
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation OLD ABN-The State Of Queensland Acting Through The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
Objective summary Determine the most virulent Beauveria isolate towards adult SHB
Assess toxicity of Beauveria isolates to bees
Determine minimal effective dose of the selected fungal isolates and investigate the effect on adult beetle fecundity of the fungal spores
Develop effective formulation and delivery system for in hive treatment of beetles, specifically investigate the potential for combining the spores with an attractant such as the beetle vectored yeast
Assess viability of spores under hive conditions
Carry out in hive evaluation of fungal control of adult beetles
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Project completion date Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Safeguarding Australia
Rural priority Biosecurity
RIRDC goal HBE-Reduce the incidence and impact of pests and diseases on the beekeeping and pollination services industries
Principal researcher Diana Leemon
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Paul Hickey