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PODCAST: Associate Professor Patrick O’Connor interviewed by ABC Adelaide

Will European bees be relocated into Australia’s national parks after the bushfires? Much natural habitat was lost in the recent bushfires, which has led to commercial bees losing their source of food. Beekeepers are pushing for access to move commercial hives in to national parks and other unburnt public land. Associate Professor Patrick O’Connor recently wrote for […]

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National parks threatened by introduction of commercial honeybees

Native insects have seen a dramatic loss in numbers during the recent Australian bushfires. In an article featured in the The Conversation, the University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor Patrick O’Connor, talks about the considerable losses sustained by honeybee industry in the recent fires. This has led to commercial beekeepers pushing for access to move commercial […]

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Bees hold the key to Unlocking Increased Crop Yields

What’s all the buzz about? Researchers from the University of Adelaide are mapping the activity of honeybees and native pollinators in areas of revegetation and native vegetation around different crops in South Australia. They will create a short-list of the most useful pollinating species and identify the plants used by the pollinators as sources of […]

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Research illuminates light adaptation in insects

Perception of light is one of the most important developments in animal history.  Eyes appeared relatively late on the sensory scene but had immediate impact. A new publication explores the role of light-environments in the adaptation and development of biological characteristics. Published in Austral Entomology by lead author Dr Simon Tierney, this review focuses on insects […]

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Protecting bees from climate change and varroa mites

A recent ABC news story has reported on a project to map bee activity and gain a better understanding of the habitat and food sources needed for their continued survival. The South Australian government and the University of Adelaide have both contributed $300,000 each to the program. “We want to prevent bees dying in the future, […]

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Media release: Ensuring healthy bees for farms and trees

The University of Adelaide and State Government today announced a $600,000 pilot program to help build South Australia’s bee populations to help protect native plants and production from orchards and crops that rely on bee pollination. The project aims to retain and restore native vegetation that bees need to thrive, and to future-proof bee-dependent primary […]

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