Research report

Risks and opportunities associated with the use of the bumblebee population in Tasmania for commercial pollination purposes

13 Jun 2017
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A species not included on the live import list cannot be used for a commercial purpose. However, some sectors of the Tasmanian horticulture industry are interested in using bumblebees for commercial pollination. This report examines the potential risks and benefits of using bumblebees for commercial purposes.
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On 2 February 2016, the Senate referred the following matter to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry:

The risks and opportunities associated with the use of the bumblebee population in Tasmania for commercial pollination purposes, including:

(a) the existing distribution and population density of exotic bumblebees;

(b) productivity and economic benefits of the commercial use of bumblebees for agricultural producers;

(c) the potential environmental impacts associated with the commercial use of bumblebees, including whether their use is likely to:

i. impact the conservation status of a species or ecological

community,

ii. impact biodiversity,

iii. cause unintended ecological impacts, and

iv. contribute to a wider distribution of bumblebees;

(d) the implications for Australia's biosecurity regime of any approval to use bumblebees in Tasmania for commercial purposes;

(e) the potential economic outcomes;

(f) the effectiveness of alternative pollination options; and

(g) any other related matters.

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978-1-76010-587-7
APO URI: http://apo.org.au/node/94421
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