SFF Futures projects: apiculture

The projects are listed according to their start dates. The latest project is at the top.

Round comb honey production evaluation project

Project start: 30 October 2020
Project length: 1 year
MPI funding: $18,000
Industry funding: $27,000
Industry partner: Ceracell Honey Ltd
Region: Nationwide

This project aims to assess whether feeding honey back to bees will increase the quality of honey into honeycomb sections. This may help to create a more consistent supply of premium comb honey for export.


Foulbrood detection

Project start: 22 September 2020
Project length: 1 year
MPI funding: $50,000
Industry funding: $45,000
Industry partners: Downunder Honey, K9 Search Medical Detection Training Centre, Massey University
Region: Nationwide

This project aims to develop a scientific methodology for training detection dogs to reliably detect the highly infectious bacterial disease American Foulbrood in beehives, by creating a ‘scent picture’ of the disease.

Training dogs to save the bees – YouTube (3:24 mins)


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