Future Surveillance Needs for Honeybee Biosecurity

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The Australian honeybee industry produces honey and other bee products for domestic consumption and export, through apiculture of Apis mellifera. The industry has an estimated GVP of A$80 million. In addition, the annual benefit of apiculture to general agriculture through plant pollination in Australia is estimated to range from A$4 to 6 billion.

Because of the significant value of this industry there is a need for effective biosecurity. A component of this is the use of surveillance. This report considers a risk-based framework for exploring the costs and benefits of surveillance for exotic honeybee pests and diseases.

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