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Risk assessment for the Large African Hive beetle
Summary Small hive beetle (SHB) is having a significant impact on Australian beekeeping. However, SHB is only one of several species of African beetle that enter bee colonies and cause significant damage. Indeed, it could be argued that SHB is the least damaging of the African hive beetles. This project will evaluate the routes by which Large African Hive Beetles (LAHB) might become established in Australia and provide extension materials so that LAHB can be readily identified by Australian beekeepers and biosecurity agencies. The project may identify simple biosecurity procedures that will reduce the likelihood that LAHB will become established in Australia.
Program Honey Bee
Research organisation The University of Sydney
Objective summary 1) Clear statement on the lifecycle of the LAHB (Hoplostoma (Oplostomus) fulgineus), including the duration of the pupal stage and typical sites of pupation.
2) Interviews with South African beekeepers about the best ways to manage LAHB.
3) Photographs of all life stages suitable for publication on BeeAware (presently only the adults are shown).
4) Fact sheet suitable for publication by RIRDC providing a risk assessment, potential routes of entry to Australia, photographs, management practices etc.
5) If possible, assessment of the risks posed by other African Cetoniid beetles that are sometimes found in bee colonies.
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Project completion date Saturday, December 31, 2016
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 Ben Oldroyd
Research manager Dave Alden
Admin contact Pearly Harumal