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A pheromone trap to catch queen bees
Summary The project will have three phases.
Phase 1. Confirm the results of Pflugfelder and Koeniger and show that an extract of the queen's abdominal tergites can attract a queen over a distance of 50 cm. Construct a prototype trap based on a queen mailing cage, a bee escape and a queen excluder strip. Bait the trap with a tergal gland extract and demonstrate its efficacy in catching laying queens in nuclei and full strength colonies.
Phase 2. Identify the biologically active compound using HPLC.
Phase 3. Synthesize (or buy offtheshelf) the active compound(s), and test the efficacy of the trap when baited with the pheromone rather than an extract.
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation The University of Sydney
Objective summary To identify the pheromone that attracts queens so that they fight
To develop a queen trap that utilizes the pheromone
To find an industry partner to develop the trap for commercial release
Project Stage Current
Project start date Monday, June 25, 2012
Project completion date Sunday, April 30, 2017
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries
Rural priority Adoption of R&D
RIRDC goal HBE-Increase productivity and profitability of beekeepers
Principal researcher Ben Oldroyd
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Pearly Harumal