Testing pollen substitutes that meet the nutritional needs of honeybees


Identify a pollen substitute whose ingredients have been scientifically tested for preference and palatability by honey bees.


Honey Bee

Research Organisation

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

Objective Summary

To test ingredients and feedstuffs developed by John Black Consulting (RIRDC Project JLB4A) for preference and palatability. To test the final substitute feeds in cage experiments for their effect on honeybee longevity.

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Project Start Date

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Project Completion Date

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

HBE-Identify and develop technology for improved hive performance


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Project summary: Development of a pollen substitute meeting the nutritional needs of honey bees