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Progressing implementation of genetic selection in Australian Honeybees

Building on earlier proof-of-concept work this project aims to advance the genetic improvement of Australian honeybees for production and health traits through the development of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs). The project includes a combination of: (i) analysis of queen relationships in a focal breeding program using more powerful genetic analyses; (ii) collecting health data, including rapid hygienic behaviour; (iii) building a relationship map of Australian queen breeding programs; (iv) working with the industry to develop educational material on practical breeding programs; (v) scoping with industry the potential to develop a coordinated queen evaluation program.
The outcomes will be more effective breeding programs for production and hive health.

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Project date

30 Jul 2016-9 Oct 2019
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Principal investigator

Robert Banks

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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

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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
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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Focus areas

Sustainabilities

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