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Chemical residue in beehives post canola flowering.
Summary The project is to locate nucleus beehives containing new waxfoundation on canola crops that have been treated with seeddressing chemicals that appear on the approved chemicals register of the APVMA; to locate nucleus hives on properties that are 'organic' in status or are not using seeddressing chemicals; to also survey a wider number of beehives to ascertain background levels of chemical residue from older combs and to test the wax from permanent feral colonies near canola crops.

RIRDC EXPECTS THE REPORT OF THIS PROJECT TO BE PUBLISHED IN MID2016.
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation Western Australian Agriculture Authority, a body corporate established under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007
Objective summary To carry out a survey of chemical residues in beeswax, pollen and honey to determine what chemicals are presently entering colonies of honey bees; to determine what concentrations the chemicals are present; and to compare the results with a major 2010 USA study.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Friday, May 09, 2014
Project completion date Friday, March 25, 2016
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 Robert Manning
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Scott Mellings