Research is currently focused on year round breeding of the species, and commercializing the production of the bee larvae.The University of Adelaide helped develop a means of breeding the species all year-round,
as their life cycle is short and seasonal. In the wild there would be no bees in the cooler months, when all the adults die.
The Australian Research Council and it’s industry partners have continued this work. They have verified the quality of blue-banded bees as tomato pollinators, estimated bee density requirements, refined protocols to breed bees year round in large numbers, developed nectar feeders, and artificial nest substrate that is easily transportable.
Funding was obtained from the Sir Mark Mitchell foundation to investigate the exact species composition and distribution in southern Australia, and funding has also been sought to investigate species distribution on the whole of the Australian mainland. Research that many communities could be actively involved in.
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