Traditional Owners visit Berrimah Science Precinct

Traditional Owners from Wadeye and Maningrida visited the Berrimah Farm Science Precinct to see stingless native bee hives research horticulturalists are using for rambutan pollination.  This is in preparation for the pollination research project NAAKPA enterprises are undertaking using stingless bees as one component to be considered.  Enterprises in Western Australia have already been supplied with local stingless bee hives, which are apparently different from the varieties found in and around Darwin, and this project aims to also provide workshops for Traditional owners in the NT who are interested in participating in the research.  Very little western research is available on stingless bees, and this pollination project is an opportunity for Traditional Owners to learn western concepts of measurement, and data collection to facilitate the pollination study.  It is hoped that traditional owners will also learn hand pollination techniques for Kakadu Plum as well as become familiar with identifying different aspects of the Kakadu plum flower (raceme).  For more information about this project, please contact paul.saeki@ilsc.gov.au

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