Supporting a healthy pollination future

The Hort Frontiers Pollination Fund, part of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative developed by Hort Innovation, and top local and international researchers have combined forces with Australian growers in a multi-million dollar effort to enhance and support existing pollinators, and identify the most effective pollination methods for various horticulture crop types.


Pollination is provided by the planet’s ecosystem and helps the growth of many fruits, vegetables, nut and flower species, and in some instances, can increase crop yield.

In Australia, pollination-dependant crops have been estimated to be worth over $4.3 billion per annum based on 2005/06 data, with a direct contribution by honeybees (Apis mellifera) estimated to be over $1.6 billion (Hafi et al 2012).

Australia is the last country in the world where the parasitic Varroa mite has not taken hold on the European honeybee population. This mite is thought to be a major factor behind widespread colony collapses in various countries including the United States, Canada and Japan.

These tiny mites attach themselves to bees inside hives and feed from the bees, causing open wounds and transmitting viral diseases. If Varroa takes hold in Australia, it could decimate populations of both managed and wild European honey bees, and we will then be far more reliant on native pollinators.

To safeguard the health of the horticulture industry, the Pollination Fund will assist put practical measures in place to support honey bee health and identify and develop new pollination opportunities and techniques.


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Become involved

The process

Hort Innovation is continually seeking new investment opportunities. Ideas can be submitted at any time on Hort Innovation’s website using the concept form. The form allows Hort Innovation to understand your basic concept, with a big-picture view of the aims and outcomes rather than detailed methodology. This approach aims to protect, as far as possible, IP associated with innovative ideas, whilst capturing opportunities that can be shaped into full proposals should there be an identified alignment between the concept and strategy that guides investment in the Fund.

The investment analysis process involves filtering and potentially combining concepts for procurement. Once approval has been granted for investment in a concept, a Request for Proposal will be prepared, asking delivery partners (open or select, depending on size and scope) to provide a detailed submission that address key criteria. All responses will then be evaluated against the key criteria before the investment is contracted.

Do you have a concept you’d like us to consider for Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative?
If you are interested in partnering with Hort Innovation, your concepts are welcome and can be submitted for:

  • Advanced Production Systems Fund
  • Asian Markets Fund
  • Green Cities Fund
  • Healthy Food Fund
  • Leadership Fund
  • Pollination Fund.

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More information

Dr Alok Kumar
Relationship Manager Strategic Co-Investment

T 03 9691 3521
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Ashley Zamek
R&D Specialist

T 02 8295 2388
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Expert Advisory Panel

About the panel

The function of the Pollination Fund Expert Advisory Panel is to provide expert advice and oversight of the fund, including providing input into proposed projects/research and recommendations on potential methods to address future gaps or deficiencies in the existing body of research. The panel will provide impartial assessment and commercially relevant scrutiny of research proposals, fostering external confidence in Hort Innovation’s ability to rigorously assess, and provide evidence and merit-based recommendations to the Board.

Panel members

Name Organisation Location
Jodie Goldsworthy Beechworth Honey Group
Ben Brown Select Harvest
David Bardon Costa Group
Phil Pyke Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc
Dr David Pattemore Plant & Food Research-NZ
Dr James Cook Western Sydney University
Graeme Smith Graeme Smith Consulting
Dr Alok Kumar Hort Innovation
Dr Greg Murdoch Hort Innovation

Pollination Fund Projects

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