Do you want to visit us and go on a virtual CIBER tour? Here we provide you with some pictures that illustrate our work and the facilities and equipment available to us:
Feral Bees
Our work involves quite a bit of field work, for example to drive out to the Australian bush and search and collect feral bee hives.
Our Bees
An impression of the bees we keep in the CIBER beeyard at the University of Western Australia. The climatic conditions in Perth allow experimental work on honeybees for most of the year.
(Photo: Peter Choo)
Working in the bee yard to prepare the next experiment. Running several experiments in paralell is sometimes a challenge.
(Photo: Peter Choo)
Harvesting Honey
Every now and then we also harvest the honey from our colonies.
(Photo: Peter Choo)
A new generation
We try our best to get a new generation excited about bees.
Mass Spectrometers
Here you can see the mass spectrometers that we use for the identifaction of proteins in various honeybee samples.
Artificial Insemination
Artificial insemination offers great opportunities for experimental work, for example to test for effects sperm or seminal fluid has on queens. What you can see is an artificial insemination in progress: Sperm has already been collected into the glass cappilary in the centre. In the next step the sperm will be then be injected into the queens sexual tract.
Artificial Insemination
The glass capillary containing the previously collected ejaculates is now positioned and the sperm can be carefully expelled into the queens sexual tract. Artificial insemination of honeybees offers a great opportunity for experimental work and is used on a regular basis for our work. (Photo: Peter Choo)
Artificial Insemination
We also collect males at drone congregation areas using a trap with honeybee queen pheromone, lifted into the air with a helium balloon. Pay attention to the wonderful weather condition that we basically experience for most of the year...
Biochemical node
This is the building that houses the lab based work, especially all the work related to honeybee proteomics. We are associated with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology on the top floor, which offers a great view over the Swan river and the Perth skyline.
Beekeepers Reserve
During the short winter some of our colonies travel about 100 km North and stay a few months in a national park named Beekeepers Reserve.
Beekeepers Reserve
There is lots of space for bee breeding in Western Australia, it just can take a while to get there.......

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