This report describes the findings of Australia’s first national survey for honey bee pathogens using modern molecular tools. It outlines the current prevalence of honey bee viruses and reports on the spread of endemic pests and diseases to new areas of Australia.
This research is important for ensuring our knowledge of honey bee pathogens in Australia is current and provides valuable monitoring of the impact of endemic pests and diseases. It is also essential for addressing overseas concerns that exotic viruses exist in Australia and could be spread via imports of Australian queens and packaged bees. This research is a key step in reestablishing the trade of Australian bees with the United States and for maintaining other export markets under threat.
The report is targeted at the Australian beekeeping industry for the better management of honey bee pathogens and also at decision-makers who develop policy in regards to exports of live bees in the State and Commonwealth Governments and in governments overseas.