Varroa Elimination Unit (VEU)
Project start: 19 December 2019
Project completed: 15 December 2020
MPI funding: $59,000
Industry funding: $60,600
Industry partner: Cooling Solutions Ltd
This project trialled 14 Varroa elimination units to help protect bee colonies from Varroa infestations. The units used sensors to measure the amount of miticide (a fumigant used to kill Varroa mites) that circulates around the hive. While the trial did not improve the health of the beehives, the research furthered understanding of the types of fumigants that are most effective.