How two sentinel hives in Portland are helping to keep a growing honey industry safe from disease

By Jessica Greenan
Updated March 6 2022 - 7:03am, first published March 5 2022 - 9:00pm
WARRIOR BEES: About 20 sentinel hives at four Victorian ports including two in Portland are keeping the growing honey industry safe from pests and diseases.

Beekeeping is surging as a recreational hobby across the south-west and a series of hives in Portland is ensuring the growing industry is kept safe from devastating pests and diseases.



Jessica Greenan


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