Journal article

A web-based application for beekeepers to visualise patterns of growth in floral resources using MODIS data

Jonathan Arundel, Stephan Winter, Guan Gui, Marie Keatley

ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

The honey bee industry is of immense importance to global agriculture. In many countries beekeepers are migratory and move their hives between flowering events. Predicting such flowering events is particularly difficult in Australia due to the irregular flowering of eucalypts. We have developed a web-based application for Victorian beekeepers to visualise patterns of growth in floral resources using MODIS and other data, and thus make remote predictions about whether flowering will occur at their apiary sites. We demonstrate the use of this application through comparing ironbark (Eucalyptus tricarpa) growth patterns with flowering and honey production records. While the scientific community ..

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Grants

Awarded by Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) under Project Number 004872. Joseph Leach, Xi Liang and Edward Webber provided valuable contributions to the project. Finally, we acknowledge the cooperation of Capilano Honey who provided the production data used in this paper.