Modelling to optimise honey production


A new computer model developed by CRC for Honey Bee Products researchers helps apiarists match resources supplied by the flora at an apiary site with honey bee colony demand. Honey bee numbers at apiary sites rise and fall as the seasons change; it is important to provide more plants that flower and produce nectar and pollen when conditions are favourable. The CRC model lets beekeepers explore how changes to the plant species mix and hive stocking rate can affect their colony’s resource demands, including how much they collect, consume and store.