Breeding bees better suited to rainforest areas, a love affair for the Queensland couple

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The wet weather of tropical northern Queensland would normally turn bees into porridge, but a colony of hardy workers is being bred to survive unscathed through the wet season.

Raising bees that can stand the test of time has been the passionate year-long project of a couple in northern Queensland who are now determined to breed bees that can thrive in a wet environment.

After succeeding in breeding bees that adapted to the coastal climate of Mackay, Doug and Janine Cannon wanted to see if they could take what they had learned and transfer knowledge to a more difficult place – the tropical rainforests of Eungella.

The honey producers said that when it came to their bees, the amount of honey they received came second to ensure that the bees were well adapted to where they lived.

Janine Cannon and her daughter Violet are in beekeeper suits, with a number of hives visible in the background.
Janine Cannon, with daughter Violet, has been on a journey with her husband to breed stronger bees.(Instagram: @cannonbee_apiaries)

“We are trying to achieve a resilient bee that will survive us and we do not want to wrap them in cotton wool and care for them all the time,” said Mr. Cannon.

The Cannon family is now branching out into new areas where they can take advantage of their unique approach to beekeeping.

Continuous push to adapt bees to new environments

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