Catalyst - The Great Australian Bee Challenge Part 1 and 2
We Australians share our country with one of the world's most beautiful, fragile and industrious creatures - bees. They are an incredibly important part of the natural environment - pollinating around a third of the food we eat. While in many parts of the world bees are under threat, Australia remains a safe haven for them - for now.
In the first of two programs, host Paul West introduces four teams of novice bee keepers to these hardworking insects, and with the help of entomologist Dr Tanya Latty and expert bee keeper Doug Purdie, they learn to build thriving hives - and that means delving into the very latest science behind bee communication, brains and behaviour.
With two teams in the city and two in the country, our amateur beekeepers encounter all sorts of challenges on their journeys. In the city, our rooftop hive is showing signs of stress; while in the country a cold, dry Spring - with no sign of nectar for the bees to feed upon - has set our rural participants back. But it's the family in Sydney's metropolitan Erskineville that throw a massive spanner in the works by moving houses. They take their hive with them - but will the bees follow?
In Part 2 follows the final stages in the competition. With experts Doug Purdie and Dr Taya Latty guiding them, the competitors learn why bees swrm and get tehchace to see th wold trugh a bee's multilensed eyes. They even get to sample the unique honey of Australia's native stingless bees. Host Paul WEst follows four families as they race to produce honey to be judged by top chef Peter Gilmore. Who in the end will produce the sweetest honey? The City or The Country?
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