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Probiotic development for bees: analyzing gut bacteria in healthy bees

This investment will establish the commercial feasibility of developing probiotic feeds for bees based on native bee gut bacteria. Bees in hives infected with chalkbrood display decreased levels of gut bacteria, including some strains that exhibit anti-fungal activity. Preliminary studies have shown that bees in hives previously infected with chalkbrood recover more rapidly when provided with supplemental feeding (sucrose) and further improvements are gained when a chalkbrood inhibiting antifungal agent is added. This investment will identify bacterial isolates with antifungal properties from healthy bees and will test their efficacy in probiotic feeding experiments.

Please see PRJ-012214 -Improving chalkbrood disease protection honey bee colonies probiotics prebioics

Project date

13 Jul 2018-30 Jan 2021
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Principal investigator

Murali Nayudu

Research organisation

University of Canberra

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Multiple industries
Alternative protein Aquaculture Cereal grains Cross industry Essential oils Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains

AgriFutures Australia

AgriFutures Australia proudly focuses on building a rich future for Australian agriculture. We live and work in the regions and …

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Aquaculture Cereal grains Cross industry Essential oils Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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