Bee Research

Did you know bees are responsible for pollinating up to 70% of the worlds horticultural and agricultural crops? To ensure a sustainable future for Australian honey supply, a healthy bee population and functioning ecosystem, we believe we can play a vital role in supporting the next generation of beekeepers and bee scientists.

This is why Capilano drive a range of projects in the beekeeping community and Australian Universities that are designed to promote the long term protection and sustainability of Australia’s honey bee colonies.

Most recently, we have launched a new initiative, Capilano’s Keeping Futures Program, that supports budding beekeepers, emerging bee scientists and even fosters the education of school children.

Southern Cross University

Capilano are pleased to announce the support of Ph.D candidate Cooper Schouten from Southern Cross University (SCU) for projects in honey bee research and development. Capilano have supported a number of significant projects at SCU involving the development of novel methods for mapping neonicotinoids and other agrochemical contamination events in honey bees and bee products. This research is leading innovation within the Australian honey bee industry for rapid screening and benchmarking to safeguard national and international quality standards.

Capilano have also been actively involved in supporting Cooper's research which focuses on generating income for poor and marginalised beekeepers in our neighbouring countries, throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific. His research is not only helping to reduce poverty among rural beekeepers, but the findings have numerous directly transferable benefits for informing best management practice for Australian honey bee biosecurity. Cooper is being supervised by Assoc. Prof David Lloyd and Dr Doug Somerville throughout these projects. Read more...

University of the Sunshine Coast

We are proud to support the University of the Sunshine Coast Honey Lab, as well as Capilano funded PhD student, Simon Williams. Capilano have provided the support to get the RIRDC project “Active Australian Leptospermum honey: new sources and their bioactivity” off the ground which forms some of Simon’s PhD, as well as additional support with fieldwork and beekeeping advice. Capilano has also provided a drone for aerial photography and a dedicated HPLC system for the honey research laboratory, which is essential in the work flow of the project. Recently, we interviewed Simon on his studies and aspirations that Capilano have been thrilled to help support. Read more...

CRC for Honey Bee Products

Capilano Honey are proud to work with the University of Western Australia and the Australian Government on an exciting new initiative, CRC For Honey Bee Products. This program is aimed to provide a much-needed boost to Australia’s valuable, but largely untapped, honey bee products by bringing together both industry and academic expertise from across Australia. This exciting initiative is currently recognised as the largest cooperative bee research project ever undertaken in the country. Read more...

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