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Global Initiative for Honeybee Health Launched

CSIRO have announced a program to improve our understanding of the behaviour of honeybees. The Global Initiative for Honeybee Health is “an international collaboration of researchers, beekeepers, farmers, industry and technology companies set up to research the threats to bee health in order to better understand bee colony collapse and find solutions that will help secure crop pollination.”… Continue Reading

Southern Tasmanian Standard Hive Design

This standard has been developed in response to the plethora of different Langstroth beehive parts in use in Tasmania all claiming to be ‘standard’ but often proving to have compatibility problems one with another. Manufacturers adopting this standard must acknowledge the source and may specify “Manufactured to the Southern Tasmanian Standard” or “Complies with the… Continue Reading

How Bees Vaccinate Their Young

When it comes to vaccinating their babies, bees don’t have a choice—they naturally immunize their offspring against specific diseases found in their environments. And now for the first time, scientists have discovered how they do it. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-07-bees-naturally-vaccinate-babies.html#jCp   Continue Reading

Hobart City Council Changing By-Laws On Beekeeping

Southern Beekeepers Association have been working on a Code Of Practice for Urban Beekeeping for some time, and recently approached Hobart City Council to discuss altering the current highly restrictive regulations: no more than two hives without the General Manager’s approval, all hives a minimum of fifty metres from the nearest residence. Technically, the fifty metre… Continue Reading

Changes To Beekeeper Registration

Biosecurity Tasmania have announced a change to the cost and structure of Beekeeper registration from June 30th, in the lead up to an even bigger change, the reintroduction of compulsory registration. In a letter distributed to previous registrants and to SBA members, Karla Williams of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) Biosecurity Tasmania… Continue Reading

Drone Frames For Varroa Control

While we don’t have this problem here yet, it’s worth watching how others are dealing with the issue. There have been a number of methods suggested for Varroa Destructor mite management, ranging from chemical treatments and vaporisers to frames designed for drone brood. Varroa mites prefer drones as their longer development cycle fits their mating… Continue Reading

“Kill All The Bees”

A strange article from ABC’s “Ockham’s Razor” entitled “Kill all the bees”. Paul Sutton, professor of Environmental Science at the University Of South Australia, is not really advocating that we kill bees at all. He is talking about the unseen value of pollination and the impact to agriculture should we actually lose our bees.  It is… Continue Reading