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Screened bottom boards
Summary Varroa mites are arguably the most serious pest currently being experienced by honey bees. They are not presently found in Australia but it is assumed that this status will eventually change. There are a range of chemical options for treating colonies of honey bees to suppress mite populations but they are all short term in there application.The use of screened bottom boards is said to assist in discarding mites that fall to the bottom of the hive by the function of them falling through the screen onto the ground some distance from the colony and any bees. There has been some doubt about the use of these screens which may interupt the hives ability to rear brood and thus reduce the profittability of the colony. The aim of the project will be to measure the temperature variability in a colony using a screened and solid bottom bottom board.
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation NSW Department of Primary Industries, an office of the Department of Industry, Skills & Regional Development
Objective summary 1. Assess the benefits and disadvantages of screened bottom boards in hives in Australian conditions.
2. Develop an enclosed screened bottom board that mitigates the disadvantages of screened bottom boards.
3. Compare the benefits and disadvantages of nonenclosed and enclosed screened bottom boards in Australian conditions.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Monday, August 01, 2011
Project completion date Sunday, December 01, 2013
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Biosecurity
RIRDC goal HBE-Understand the role of pollination in delivering more productive systems
Principal researcher Doug Somerville
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Cara Brooks