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  • 29 Oct 2021 20:34 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The number of threatened Australian native bee species is expected to increase by nearly  five times after the devastating Black Summer bushfires in 2019-20, according to new research led by Flinders University. With 24 million hectares of Australia’s land area burnt, researchers say the casualties are clear among bee fauna and other insects and invertebrates after studying 553 species (about one-third of Australia’s known bee species) to assess the long-term environmental damage from the natural disaster. read more here:  https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2021/10/04/bushfire-bees-on-the-brink/

  • 7 Oct 2021 13:24 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    New publication:

    Optimising bioactive content of Australian stingless bee honey

    ANBA is delighted to be part of this game-changing research. We contributed funding and honey samples of different stingless bee species across wide-ranging environments from suburban backyards to horticultural crops. This project examined the profiles of both sugar composition and organic acids produced under these conditions. These provide valuable data to support the development of a Food Standard and to safeguard the consumer against fraudulent substitution. These research outcomes will support the Australian Native Bee Association in its quest for an Australian Food Standard to enable stingless bee honey to be accepted as a specialist food commodity, with trehalulose used as a specific marker of authenticity of this high-value product. This improved understanding of the beneficial value of Australian stingless bee honey, and expanding its applications in food, have the potential to support the development of a new industry for Australian native stingless bees beyond pollination services and hobby beekeeping. Availbe for free download here: https://agrifutures.com.au/product/optimising-bioactive-content-of-australian-stingless-bee-honey/

  • 16 Sep 2021 15:55 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Members should have received a hardcopy of the ANBA Annual mailed to your address by now. The 60-page full colour publication contains the top articles of last year’s Cross Pollinator, plus an account of our activities and reports from branches. If you did not, and you want one, then let us know. It is possibly because you have not supplied a postal address. You can check and remedy this by logging into our website and clicking your name to enter your profile, https://australiannativebee.org.au/. Alternatively let us know and we will enter it, memoff@australiannativebee.org.au.

  • 9 Sep 2021 17:09 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Read an exclusive feature article “Stingless Bees for Macadamia Pollination, How far do they forage from their hives?”

    Get up to date on some recent native bee research.

    Results of the poll on a name for our Australian native stingless bee honey.

    Find details of the next meetings and events of the Australian Native Bee Association.

    Sneak peek of workshops and events

    Read reviews of the new Book on the "The Honey of Australian Native Stingless Bees", by Dean Haley

    Hear about what is happening in the branches.

    Join ANBA association to receive this monthly Newsletter, https://australiannativebee.org.au/join-us. If you are a member and have not received it by email, please contact comoff@australiannativebee.org.au, or get it by logging into the website: https://australiannativebee.org.au/ANBA-Newsletter-The-CROSS-POLLINATOR.

  • 7 Sep 2021 11:00 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Plant a wattle, their flowers are a good pollen source for native bees.

    http://www.wattleday.asn.au/about-wattle-day/autralias-wattle-day-history-1st-september


  • 24 Aug 2021 22:56 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    5-Dec-2021, 1-3 pm.

    A signature event of the Brisbane branch is the annual Hive exhibition (https://australiannativebee.org.au/event-4465111). Each year it attracts many wonderful entries. Exhibitors, it is time for get your exhibit ready. Winter is an excellent opportunity to make your box ready for stocking with bees in the spring.

    The Categories are:

    • People’s choice (secret ballot),

    • Judges Choice. Judge yet to be selected,

    • Best Paint Job,

    • Best Native Bee/ Insect Hotel,

    • Best tool, device or accessory.

    The Rules are:

    • Hives can be made of any material and can be any shape or design but must be able to house native bees.

    • Hives can be full or empty of actual bees, ideally you have one of each.

    • Hives can be standard hives which are painted/ decorated.

    • No limit to the number of individual entries

  • 10 Aug 2021 14:09 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The 2021 IPCC report sounds a dire warning for all of us to do something about climate change. Our precious bees are directly affected. Rising CO2 levels reduce protein in pollen, which is a crucial nutrient for bees. Bee food is less nutritious than it used to be, and the quality of pollen will continue to decline into the future. That's not great news for bees, https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/720527.

  • 28 Jul 2021 22:47 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Read an exclusive feature article “The evolution and diversity of Australian native bees”

    Observe superb photography by the gifted Jenny Thynne.

    Get up to date on some recent native bee research.

    Find details of the next meetings and events of the Australian Native Bee Association.

    Sneak peak workshops, events and products of our talented members, including a new book and tech hacks for keeping track of your hives.

    Hear about what is happening in the branches.

    Join ANBA association to receive this monthly Newsletter, https://australiannativebee.org.au/join-us. If you are a member and have not received it by email, please contact comoff@australiannativebee.org.au, or get it by logging into the website: https://australiannativebee.org.au/ANBA-Newsletter-The-CROSS-POLLINATOR.

  • 22 Jun 2021 20:47 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The Australian native honey bee industry has been identified by AgriFutures Australia as an emerging industry with high growth potential. As a result, AgriFutures Australia would like to invest in our industry by collaborating with us to develop a Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan. The plan will assist us to map out our industry RD&E priorities for the next five years, which can be used to target investment from funding bodies and assist the growth of the industry.

    AgriFutures Australia have engaged consultants Susentom to work with the Australian native honey bee industry to develop the RD&E Plan. The involvement of the entire industry is pivotal to the success of the RD&E Plan. Without strong engagement and representation, it is difficult to ensure the RD&E Plan meets the needs of everyone within the industry. To ensure you are engaged with the process, please provide your details via this link by midday 25 June.  (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PDHPSJS).

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