Hygienic behaviour of the Western Australian bee breeding program




Honey Bee

Research Organisation

Western Australian Agriculture Authority, a body corporate established under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007

Objective Summary

To genetically improve the hygienic behaviour of honey bees; decrease problems of bee diseases and to increase hive productivity. To identify hygienic behavioural traits in established breeding lines. Use that information to breed hygienic lines by controlled open mating (Rottnest Island) and instrumental insemination. To improve the hygienic quality of queen bees; provide disease resistant stock to the Australian industry and boost productivity of the hive through cleaner brood combs.

Project Code


Project Stage


Project Start Date

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Project Completion Date

Friday, April 30, 2010

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-Identify and develop technology for improved hive performance


Related publications


Hygienic Behaviour of Stocks of the Western Australian Honeybee Breeding Program