Native bees as pollinators (Aust. honeyeater threat)

Subject: Native bees as pollinators (Aust. honeyeater threat)
Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 15:51:21 +1000

The report featured on Catalyst suggested tha Blue Banded Bees could be used for pollination, however an extensive trial was underway to check for the viability of using them for hydroponic pollination. A period of at least 3 years for trials to be conclusive was going to be unsatisfactory to the  AHGA, who didn't want to wait that long and wanted immediate approval for Bumble Bee importation.  


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07/05/2004 03:47 PM

[BIRDING-AUS] Native bees as pollinators (Aust. honeyeater threat)

John Leonard suggests we may already have native bees that have a similar
function to the exotic bumblebee.

I didn't see the ABC Catalyst program last night but the following link
talks about this very issue and argues we could use out native bee fauna
for hoticultural work rather than import exotics.

Blue-banded Bees: potential pollinators of glasshouse tomatoes -

and, some superb images of Blue-banded Bees from Queensland -

Martin O'Brien
Department of Sustainability and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde. (PO Box 500), East Melbourne  3002

Tel: 9412 4567

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