Category Archives: Australia, NZ, Oceania

UMF honey protection to tighten up in China

The protection of New Zealand’s lucrative UMF Honey exports to China has moved a step closer, with the signing this week of a memorandum of understanding between The Jiangsu Entry and Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of the People’s Republic … Continue reading

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Asian bee will devastate Australia’s honeybees

Scientists have predicted the spread of a wild and highly invasive species of bee across Australia, and being a natural carrier of the deadly varroa mite, will likely devastate current populations of farmed honeybees. Read more

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Another bee disease confirmed nationally

Beekeepers are resigned to having to manage another bee disease: hive testing has revealed the presence of Nosema ceranae in both the North and South islands. Read more

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US expected to stop imports of Australian bees

A key export market for live bees could be closed for good because of the Asian honeybee infestation. Read more

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Modifying mites ‘not the answer’

Genetically engineering varroa mites to self destruct is no solution for New Zealand beekeepers, says the Soil and Health Association Read more

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Beekeepers to discuss authenticating honey in New Zealand

Beekeepers will discuss the latest developments in authenticating honey and other bee products at their national conference in Nelson this week. Read more

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Varroa investigation notes bees don’t respect borders

A simulation to see how Australia would cope if the varroa mite was discovered in the nation’s honeybee population has uncovered just how difficult it would be to cope. Read more

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Varroa bee mite found further south in New Zealand

The varroa bee mite has spread further south, with reports of infected hives in Queenstown and Central Otago. Read more

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Beekeepers in Australia fear infectious mite will beat quarantine and hit honey production

It is only a matter of time before the varroa destructor mite finds its way to Australia and infects bees, keepers say. Read more

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New Zealand’s biosecurity questioned

Vegetable growers say the latest decision by biosecurity officials to give up trying to eradicate a pest incursion raises questions about the viability of the existing system of keeping unwanted pest and diseases out of New Zealand. Read more

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