Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) is a pest of honey bees. The larvae of this insect colonises bee hives where it destroys the honey comb, eats bee larvae and consumes pollen and honey. Small hive beetle has natural pests of its own. Among these are a group of entomopathogenic (insect-killing) fungi such as Metarhizium and Beauveria. This project will investigate the effectiveness of these fungi to reduce the fitness of small hive beetle colonies. This work will build on research initiated by Dr Diana Leemon (DAF Queensland) who'll be involved in this project.

Location: Gatton

Expected outcomes: research and discovery skills, problem-solving and idea creation for a challenging problem

Supervisors: Associate Professor Vic Galea

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Project members

Professor Victor Galea

Deputy Head of School
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences