Supporting a healthy pollination future

The Pollination Fund, part of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative, aims to enhance and support existing pollinators, and identify the most effective pollination methods for various horticulture crop types.

Pollination is the transfer of pollen grains from one flower to another, and is critical in 60 per cent of agricultural production. It helps the growth of many fruits, vegetables, nut and flower species, and in some instances, can increase crop yield. In Australia, pollination-dependent crops have been estimated to be worth over $4.3 billion per annum, with a direct contribution by honeybees estimated to be over $1.6 billion1.

The Australian horticultural industry faces many shared challenges within the honey bee industry, with the threat of the parasitic Varroa mite, and colony collapse disorder. Australia is the last country in the world where 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.

The fund aims to create a sustainable and resilient horticultural industry through improved pollination options and services. It has three key areas of focus: Management of European honey bee; Optimisation of crop pollination efficiency; and Identifying alternative crop pollinators.

To help in safeguarding the horticulture industry, the Pollination Fund will identify putting practical measures in place to support honey bee health and identify and develop new pollination opportunities and techniques.

1 Hafi et al 2012

Current projects


Securing pollination for productive agriculture: guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption

Project Code: PH16004

Service Provider: AgriFutures Australia

Aims/objectives Complement the research and development activities as stipulated in the current Rural R&D for Profit Programme project led by RIRDC in partnership with Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of New England and University of Adelaide (and... Read more
Healthy bee populations for sustainable pollination in horticulture
Stingless Bees Effective Managed Pollinators for Australian Horticulture
Enhanced National Bee Pest Surveillance Program 2016-2021
Strengthening and Enabling Effective Pollination for Australia
Increasing yield and quality in tropical horticulture with better pollination, fruit retention and nutrient distribution

Become involved

The process

Do you have a concept you’d like us to consider for Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative?

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.

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More information

Dr Alok Kumar
Business Development Manager

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Ashley Zamek
R&D Manager

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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
Ingrid Roth Roth Rural & Regional
David Bell Hidden Valley Plantations
David Cliffe Narromine Transplants
Edward Fagan Mulyan Pty Ltd
Lachlan Donovan The Avolution
Mark Uebrergang Agromillora
Ian Bally DAF Qld
Grant Thorpe Plant & Food Research Australia
Dr Alok Kumar Hort Innovation