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Planting for Pollen and Nectar Supply
Summary The project will provide design and description of artificial plantings as resources for use by honeybees and other nectivorous and pollenivorous species in various Australian settings.

The project will consider:
* five physical settings as the focus of the study; domestic gardens, streetscapes, urban open spaces, onfarm plantings and 'beefarm' plantings.
* each physical setting will be considered in relation to three climatic settings; tropical, temperate and cold climate regions.
* four species of useful trees, sgrubs and herbs will be described for each combination of physical x climatic setting.
* It is anticipated that some 150 plant species will be described in a standard format that will include text and pictorial details such as their physical characteristics and requirments, flowering times and durations, productivity with respect to pollen and nectart and other useful innate attributes.

The project output will be in the form of a high quality spiral bound volume of 150200 pages.

The book will have broad appeal to beekeepers, gardeners, landscape designers, urban planners, local government, farm and land managers.
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation Brueckner Leech
Objective summary The project includes a series of objectives that include;
* ensuring adequate resources are availbale to sustain a profitable and productive honeybee industry

* better understanding of the floral resources on which the industry depends

* improved biosecurity through researching 'beefarms' reducing the need to transport bees large distances

* increased energy efficiency in the industry through the possibility of reduced transport

* Carbon planting, improving the carbon balance by increased planting of long lived species across the landscape

* increase awareness of the benefits of honeybees to a broader section of the community
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Friday, December 18, 2009
Project completion date Thursday, December 01, 2011
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Soil, water and managing natural resources
RIRDC goal HBE-Increase understanding the role of flora in honeybee management
Principal researcher Mark Leech
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Mark Leech