Evaluation of anti-Varroa boards for increase in honey production


This project aims to evaluate the benefits of using modified hive bottom boards in the absence of varroa mite, in Australia. It will compare traditional wooden bottom boards with mesh boards and the Frenchdesigned tubed bottom boards for their ability to stimulate hive strength and increase honey production early in the season. It will also assess whether modified bottom boards provide any benefits for reducing small hive beetle infestations in hives. Investigations will be conducted in NSW and Victoria. The following parameters will be measured: Flight activity Area of sealed brood Area of stored pollen Honey production (hive weight) Incidence of small hive beetle in hive Positive outcomes from the project will assist in adoption of use of modified bottom boards, even prior to any need for their use for management of varroa mite.


Honey Bee

Research Organisation

Western Sydney University

Objective Summary

To assess whether bottom boards primarily designed to control varroa mite, could lead to an increase in honey production and facilitate the production of pollen. To assess whether bottom boards primarily designed to control varroa mite, could lead to improved management of small hive beetle To compare mesh bottom boards and tube bottom boards for their ability to achieve the above desired outcomes To familiarise Australian beekeepers with use of modified bottom boards. This is important prior to any establishment of varroa mite in Australia, where they are likely to be used for both reduction of mites inhive, and for monitoring presence of mites, especially in winter.

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Project Start Date

Monday, October 20, 2008

Project Completion Date

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Advanced Technology

National Priority

HBE-Improve understanding of nutrition best practice and disease interaction


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Evaluation of Anti-varroa Boards to Increase Honey Production in Australian Honeybees