Melbourne-based writer and journalist. Purveyor of finally crafted radio plays. A Muppet of a man.
Australia gets about $5bn worth of free pollination from bees. They’re an integral part of our food chain, and are responsible for one in every three mouthfuls of food that we eat.
Despite this crucial link, bee colonies in North America and Europe are collapsing. So far the 2,000 or so species of Australian bees have been unaffected, but many believe it’s only a matter of time before the main suspect, the Varroa mite, reaches our shores.
I interviewed Dr Ken Walker, Curator of Entomology at Museum Victoria, who showed me through the museum’s bee collection and explained what Australia is doing to try and protect our bees.