Australia’s bee industry calls for biosecurity risk status of large scarab beetle from Africa to be upgraded to ‘high’

March 6, 2017

From: ABC News

By Marty McCarthy

Australia should step up its biosecurity to protect local beehives from a scarab beetle native to Africa, that could threaten Australia’s honey production and agriculture industries.

The research, led by Professor Ben Oldroyd from the University of Sydney, found the risk status of the beetle should be upgraded from ‘low’ to ‘ high’ to stop it from become invasive.


Mr Hortnizky said the beetle posed a significant threat to hive health, as it fed on infant bees.

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