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Why are native bees ‘the bees knees’ of Australian ecosystems? Lilydale session

27 August 2019 from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Tuesday 27th August, 1.30pm-3.30pm,
Box Hill Institute, Centre for Biosecurity Excellence, Building LC Auditorium, 1 Jarlo Drive, Lilydale

Pollinators drive biodiversity with over 75% of the world’s plants needing insect pollinators in order to reproduce. These pollinators provide ecosystem services in the natural landscapes as well as in agriculture and urban environments.

Australia has around 1,700 species of native bees, with more species being discovered each year. Native bees are important pollinators of Australia’s wildflowers. They also make an important contribution to Australian agriculture, through crop pollination. Populations of native bees can be threatened by land clearing and pesticide use.

At these special forums, learn more about native bees and other pollinators, their habitat requirements and how to improve the biodiversity of your property to increase native bee populations and benefit from the services they provide as specialised crop pollinators.

Free event. Light catering provided.

Register online via Eventbrite.



Kit Prendergast
PhD candidate, Curtin University WA (via video)
Native bees and protecting their habitat

Dr Katja Hogendoorn
Research Associate, University of Adelaide
Native bees and crop pollination (canola, fruits and vegetable production)

Karen Thomas
Port Phillip & Westernport CMA
Hover flies and other important invertebrates


Hosted by PPWCMA, Agribusiness Yarra Valley and Box Hill Institute

Additional events in Bacchus Marsh and Pakenham. Visit www.ppwcma.vic.gov.au/beesknees for more information.


Box Hill Institute
1 Jarlo Drive
Lilydale, VIC Australia
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