A Response Plan to the recent detection of Varroa jacobsoni in Queensland was endorsed on 25 July 2019 by the National Management Group (NMG).
Varroa jacobsoni were detected on Asian Honey Bees (AHB) at the Port of Townsville in May 2019. Genetic testing confirmed the incursion is a new incident and is not related to the previous incursion of V. jacobsoni in 2016. The Response Plan 2019-2021 outlines activities aimed at eradicating V. jacobsoni from all known infestations and completing active surveillance to ensure that it has not spread.
The NMG agreed that it continues to be technically feasible and cost beneficial to eradicate V. jacobsoni from Australia. A cost shared budget with an upper limit of $2.17 million was agreed to, which will fund response activities until 30 June 2021.
A separate nationally cost shared eradication program has been operating since the first detection of V. jacobsoni on AHB in Townsville in June 2016. No AHB or V. jacobsoni from this first Townsville incident have been found since November 2016, and the program is on track to achieve eradication.
The NMG for V. jacobsoni is comprised of the Australian Government, the Northern Territory and all State Governments, Plant Health Australia and the following affected industry parties:
- Almond Board of Australia
- Apple and Pear Australia Limited
- Australian Honey Bee Industry Council
- Australian Lychee Growers Association
- Australian Macadamia Society
- Australian Melon Association
- Australian Mango Industry Association
- Avocados Australia
- Canned Fruit Industry Council of Australia
- Cherry Growers of Australia
- Grain Producers Australia
- Raspberries and Blackberries Australia
- Strawberries Australia
- Summerfruit Australia