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Brisbane branch May meeting

  • 1 May 2022
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • Bulimba Community Centre, 1 Barramul St, Bulimba, Brisbane

This monthly meeting will feature Chris Fuller talking on the topic: 'Pollination and its importance in the macadamia industry’

Attend this talk to hear Chris present in his typical casual style, see his fantastic images, followed by discussion and questions. Chris gained his interest in Australian native bees while working for over 20 years as an entomology and IPM (Integrated Pest Management) consultant to the macadamia industry on the Sunshine Coast. He currently works for Nutworks, based in Yandina, pest scouting and running a managed native bee program for their suppliers. Chris’s interest now also include the education of macadamia growers in the use of stingless bees and also the safer use of agricultural chemicals when bees are ‘on farm’.

Early in his career he identified how abundant the stingless bees were on certain orchards and started investigating the importance of native bees as macadamia pollinators. This, in conjunction with the decline in feral honey bees in bush surrounding the orchards, prompted him to start building and propagating hives of native stingless bees and now offers a commercial pollination service to help growers maximise crop yields.

All are welcome to attend in person at Bulimba Community Centre, 1 Barramul St, Bulimba, Brisbane. Free for members, $5 for non-members. ANBA members can attend by Zoom, a link to join will be sent by email prior to the event.

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