Innovation for the control of Honey bee pests and diseases of commercial importance
Australian and international solution providers, research providers, investors, commercial partners and private organisations or a combination of the above interested in:
Developing new options and technologies to control pests and diseases of honey bees in Australia
Contributing to safeguarding pollination services
Applying novel and unique approaches to addressing the control and management of honey bee pests and diseases
Industry challenge: In 2018–19 Australian hobby beekeepers estimated 23% of hives were lost due to factors such as pests and diseases, starvation, overwintering, queen loss and extreme weather events. Similarly, Australian commercial beekeepers estimated 19% of hives were lost during the same period. In both cases pests and diseases were a major factor causing hive loss.
Along with the well-known threat of Varroa mite, the Australian honey bee industry faces threats of endemic and exotic pests and diseases. The industry is seeking to better understand these issues and invest in ways of managing them.
Current opportunity: Hort Innovation is seeking co-investors to support the enhancement of horticulture crop production and resilience through improved pollination. Opportunities exist for a range of organisations, either Australian or international to partner with Hort Innovation to:
- Develop new control strategies, management options or technologies of a target honey bee pest and/or disease of commercial importance for use in Australia. Innovations could include methods such as, but not limited to:
- Biological control
- Trap technologies
- Genomic editing
- Identify and demonstrate that the targeted pest and/or disease is of commercial importance to the Australian honey bee industry. The approach should be novel and unique but could also build on existing research.
- Include a benefit/cost analysis of what the control of the identified target pest would mean to the Australian honey bee industry.
Please note that Hort Innovation is not being prescriptive as to the level of maturity of the opportunity and will consider approaches across the range from TRL 1 - 9.
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