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  • 1 Aug 2020 12:09 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Read a feature article that reviews several decades of research into stingless bees at University of Sydney. Read why your help is needed to contribute to the National Stingless Bee Survey. Get up to date with news from the world of native bees. Hear about what is happening in the branches. Get the details on the next online meeting of the Australian Native Bee Association. 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.

  • 29 Jul 2020 15:24 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Science has validated Indigenous wisdom by identifying a rare, healthy sugar in native stingless bee honey that is not found in any other food. University of Queensland organic chemist Mary Fletcher said Indigenous peoples had long known that native stingless bee honey had special health properties. “We tested honey from two Australian native stingless bee species, two in Malaysia and one in Brazil and found that up to 85 per cent of their sugar is trehalulose, not maltose as previously thought,” she said. Dr Fletcher said trehalulose was a rare sugar with a low glycaemic index (GI), and not found as a major component in any other foods.

    “Traditionally it has been thought that stingless bee honey was good for diabetes and now we know why – having a lower GI means it takes longer for the sugar to be absorbed into the blood stream, so there is not a spike in glucose that you get from other sugars,” Dr Fletcher said. “Interestingly trehalulose is also acariogenic, which means it doesn’t cause tooth decay.”

    Dr Fletcher said the findings would strengthen the stingless bee honey market and create new opportunities. “Stingless bee honey sells now for around $200 per kilogram,” she said. “The high commercial value also makes it a risk for substitution, where people could sell other honey as stingless bee honey, or dilute the product. “But due to this research, we can test for this novel sugar, which will help industry to set a food standard for stingless bee honey.

    “People have patented ways of making trehalulose synthetically with enzymes and bacteria, but our research shows stingless bee honey can be used as a wholefood on its own or in other food to get the same health benefits.”

    The work of Dr Fletcher and the research team has led to a new project funded by AgriFutures Australia and supported by the Australian Native Bee Association. Working with Dr Natasha Hungerford from UQ’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation and Dr Tobias Smith from the School of Biological Sciences the new project will investigate storage and collection, to optimise the trehalulose content of Australian stingless bee honey.

    The research by Dr Fletcher and her collaborator Dr Norhasnida Zawawi from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, and colleagues from UQ is published in Scientific Reports  and is freely available online at www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-68940-0

    The ANBA backed this proposal by pledging financial support and the honey samples for analysis. Our backing, as the industry representative body, was important in winning this grant, as it demonstrates that the industry considers this research to be important and a good investment. Our $5,000 cash financial support backs the $50,000 from Agrifutures Australia. Regarding honey samples, we will be putting out a call in the next few months for members to supply samples.

  • 16 Jul 2020 08:38 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Read here about the precarious conservation status of the green carpenter bee (Xylocopa aerata) and the efforts to save it. https://theconversation.com/jewel-of-nature-scientists-fight-to-save-a-glittering-green-bee-after-the-summer-fires-139555

  • 1 Jun 2020 14:57 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Read a feature article that reviews several decades of research into stingless bees at University of Sydney. Read why your help is needed to contribute to the National Stingless Bee Survey. Get up to date with news from the world of native bees. Hear about what is happening in the branches. Get the details on the next online meeting of the Australian Native Bee Association. 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.

  • 24 May 2020 21:11 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Be part of the 3rd decadal National Stingless Bee Survey. Our Australian stingless bee industry is growing rapidly! To understand industry growth, surveys have been conducted every ten years. All stingless beekeepers are encouraged to enter, hobbyists to professionals. You get a chance to tell us more about your experiences with keeping stingless bees. The data collected will be used to keep everyone updated on the advances made. Everyone who completes the survey will have a chance to win a prize, either ‘The Australian Native Bee Book’, a native bee poster or membership to a beekeeping club of your choice, winners will be announced on 1st September. Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FHGFT8N

  • 14 May 2020 15:02 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The Wild Pollinator Count takes places twice a year. The autumn count is completed. If you missed it, the spring count will take place on 8 – 15 November 2020, https://wildpollinatorcount.com/

    Costa Georgiades, Australia’s most popular TV presenter, reported it on ABC TV Gardening Australia. “I’m happy to report that there was more than double the participants of any previous counts and that is what it’s all about, growing interest in nature and the wild world around us.”  

  • 7 May 2020 16:14 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Includes feature article “Are Native Pollinators at Risk from Honey Bee Diseases?” by Laura Brettell, Bronwen Roy, Elisabeth Fung & Scott Groom. Hear about some great online presentations to keep you educated and entertained while grounded from normal events. 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 log onto your website and get it there: https://australiannativebee.org.au/ANBA-Newsletter-The-CROSS-POLLINATOR.

  • 10 Mar 2020 11:00 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Susan Nolan’s entry into our logo competition was stunning, but too detailed for a logo. So we have adopted it as a banner to be used at various events.

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  • 23 Jan 2020 20:11 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Entries are now open for the Sydney Royal National Honey Show. Two Native bee honey classes will again feature in the 2020 Competition. Exhibits will be on display during the Sydney Royal Easter Show, 3-14 April 2020. This year, Prize Money is supported by Australian Native Bee Association Inc. Enter now: http://www.rasnsw.com.au/sydney-royal-competitions/competitions/national-honey-competition/

    Important date: 12 Feb 2020 Entries close

    Two Classes: produced by Tetragonula and produced by Austroplebeia

    See the December Cross-Pollinator for more details. 

  • 16 Nov 2019 16:27 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The Cross-Pollinator November issue includes feature article on a new method of propagating stingless bee colonies. Get the full program of the Australian Native Bee Conference. Get up to date with the news from the branches (we now have five with another one under construction). Join ANBA association to receive this monthly Newsletter, https://australiannativebee.org.au/join-us.

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