T2M Risk assessment of ports for bee pests and pest bees


THE REPORT OF THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO THE AGENCY MANAGING THE NATIONAL BEE PEST SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM, PLANT HEALTH AUSTRALIA The project will estimate the relative likelihood of establishment of pest bees and/or bee pests at Australian ports based on the best available information. We will do this by combining likelihood of entry with likelihood of establishment. To estimate likelihood of entry, we will analyse shipping records and combine with available interception data. We will develop a species distribution model for A. mellifera and A. cerana to underpin estimates of likelihood of establishment across Australia's ports. This project directly links with other research conducted on this topic, including the recently completed ABARES report 'A benefitcost framework for responding to an incursion of Varroa destructor'. The final report will be provided to Plant Health Australia for official use only, as the Manager of the National Bee Pest Surveillance Program.


Honey Bee

Research Organisation


Objective Summary

1. Collate relevant information for a risk assessment of ports for surveillance for bee pest and pest bees. 2. Undertake risk assessment employing existing models where appropriate.

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Project Start Date

Friday, June 15, 2012

Project Completion Date

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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National Priority

Safeguarding Australia

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National Priority

HBE-Improve understanding of nutrition best practice and disease interaction