The vision of the RIRDC Honeybee Program is for a productive, sustainable and more profitable Australian beekeeping industry. This 2012-2017 research, development and extension (RD&E) Plan is the sixth plan for the Honeybee Program. Honeybee research has developed progressively since the mid 1980s. Each of the previous plans has reflected the priorities of the Australian honeybee industry at their time of development and this plan builds on their achievements.
This five-year RD&E plan for Australia’s honeybee industry builds on the previous plans with a focus on reducing the incidence and impact of pests and diseases on honeybees, increasing the productivity and profitability of beekeepers, increasing our understanding of the role of flora in honeybee management and promoting extension, communication and capacity building.