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Grants for honey research

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Statement by the Minister for Primary Industry, ' The Hon. C.F. Adermann.

The Minister for Primary Industry, the Hon. C.F.

Adermann, announced today that on the recommendation of the

Honey Research Advisory Committee he had approved the granting of

£7,000 to the Waite Agricultural Research Institute for the construct­

ion of a permanent building for use in honey bee research. A high

proportion of basic research into the honey bee in Australia over

recent years has been carried out at the Institute and this grant

will enable current research to be speeded up and new research

undertaken. The main emphasis on research at the Waite Institute

has been on various aspects of bee nutrition which is generally

regarded as being of the greatest importance to the Australian

Honey Industry. However, research has also been proceeding into

diseases in bees and other aspects of honey production.

In the longer term the additional facilities at the

Institute will provide a focal point for Australian research into

the honey bee and assist in the training of post-graduate students.

Overseas visitors of world standing in bee research could also

be attracted. ,

Mr. Adermann said that finance had also been provided

for essential facilities required by the New South Wales Department

of Agriculture to assist it in the more efficient carrying

out of its bee breeding research programme which has been

centred for a number of years at Hawkesbury Agricultural College.

These two grants, together with that previously

announced to enable Dr. M-H. Haydak of the University of

Minnesota to visit Australia andinvestigate problems of bee nutrition,

have been provided from an amount of £5,000 donated by the

Australian Honey Board and matched on a £ for £ basis by the