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Flowering ecology of honey-producing flora in South-East Australia

Birtchnell, Melanie J. and Gibson, Maria 2008, Flowering ecology of honey-producing flora in South-East Australia, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Barton, A.C.T..

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Title Flowering ecology of honey-producing flora in South-East Australia
Author(s) Birtchnell, Melanie J.
Gibson, Maria
Publication date 2008
Series RIRDC publication, 1440-6845 ; no. 08/098
Total pages 77
Publisher Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
Place of Publication Barton, A.C.T.
Summary This report examines the flowering ecology (flowering patterns and the production of floral resources, i.e. nectar and pollen) of important Australian melliferous (honey-producing) flora. Aspects of flowering ecology that can have a negative impact on invertebrates, including honeybees, were also investigated. The research was based on information sourced by highly experienced, commercial beekeepers and, so, provides a valuable written record of long-term observations relating to flowering ecology which otherwise may be lost following the death of beekeepers. Results of this study are of far-reaching importance, not only to the beekeeping industry, but to land managers, the general public and the future of Australian flora and fauna.

An understanding of flowering ecology is vital for many reasons, including implementing appropriate management practices which ensure the sustainability and growth of natural resources and industries like the beekeeping industry. Despite the importance of such studies, very little research has considered flowering ecology in Australian flora. Furthermore, research often was based on short-term data; long-term data are widely acknowledged as being necessary in such research in order to determine ‘real’ flowering patterns. Thus, studies of flowering ecology which use long-term data are vital.
Notes School of Life and Environmental Sciences
ISBN 1741516862
Language eng
Field of Research 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Socio Economic Objective 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category A5 Minor research monograph
Copyright notice ©2008, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018712

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