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Large Carpenter Bees

FEATURE ARTICLE Tim has asked me to write something about large carpenter bees of the genus Xylocopa. Why me? Probably because I have published several papers on the sociality of a carpenter bee species and their potential for greenhouse tomato pollination. In addition, my partner, Remko Leijs, did his PhD on the evolution of carpenter …

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The Australian Native Bee Strategic RD&E plan (2022-2027) is out!

Agrifutures invested in this plan because they identified native bees as a top emerging industry. They carried out a highly effective engagement process to produce this plan. An outcome is that the Australian Native Bee Association (ANBA) is recognised as the peak industry body for managed and wild native bees, providing leadership, driving implementation of …

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Bushfire Bees On The Brink

The number of threatened Australian native bee species is expected to increase by nearly five times after the devastating Black Summer bushfires in 2019-20, according to new research led by Flinders University. With 24 million hectares of Australia’s land area burnt, researchers say the casualties are clear among bee fauna and other in-sects and invertebrates …

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