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Our Mascot and Importance of Alternative Revenue Streams in Beekeeping.

This guy is our new mascot! Well, not officially.

If you’re already on this page, we probably don’t have to tell you, but this year has been hard for beekeepers. I was recently talking to a  friend who is also a fellow beekeeper and is on the verge of bankruptcy. Commercial pollution has caused colony collapse in a portion of his hives and he has decided to go back to two of the basics in order to preserve his bee numbers – honey and wax production. Currently, in Australia, there are four main ways of making money in the apiary industry: Pollution services, queen breeding/Nuc boxes, honey, and wax. However, with the introduction of foreign pests such as SHB, AFB, WM and others yet to come it’s definitely difficult to keep a traditional beekeeping business afloat – especially considering the amount pesticide and neonicotinoids that affect bees.

Many of us are in the same boat with regards to these problems.  So what might be a solution to this problem? Opening another avenue for income is the logical answer, and capitalising on the recent trend of bee-venom-containing beauty products in East Asia. We believe with quality Australian bee venom, we can compete on an international stage. The research into bee venom, in particular, its Apamin and Melittin, has shown particularly useful compounds which can help with increased learning (I’m sure all beekeepers know this already), Parkinson’s and dementia (which affects 1 in 3 Australians and is the 2nd leading cause of death). I would be happy to talk to anyone about this as I’ve written a paper on the beneficial effects of Apamin.

We don’t have a huge amount of leatherwood or manuka plantations in Queensland for that needed boost. But we have a lot of smart individual and technological advancements. We want to be the leaders of this new industry and we are open to questions from any beekeeper who would want instructions on where to begin and how to get started.

We want everybody to benefit from this new wave.

I would be happy for anyone to email me with questions or how to get involved in this new Industry.

Let’s all win together.
My email is James@whalelabs.com.au

 

Avid Beekeeper & Managing Director
James

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Whale Labs Our Story

We started in November 2017 as a team of three, focused on solving the major problems of this world especially the environment and ecology. Early November and December we found the use of solar and energy software for children underrated as it didn’t teach children the responsibilities of saving energy and the reason why it’s important. Our solution was to implement a virtual pet app, which would react according to the energy which had been consumed. High energy consumption would lead to #angryreactsonly

Prototype of

Teaching children that their virtual pet gets upset when you use too much power

Updated version of the application Wallace the whale

We had no passion for the project
But this caused a disconnect between Us the Developers and the software itself. This is why we decided to ditch this project as we were only thinking of monetary rewards and truly were disconnected from the passion that first saw the rise of the project.

James Kenny emerging from his cell
Our fourth member was brought in as he showed a real interest in our projects.

Our world is full of plastic
plastic is one of the major issues we identified early on, Anyone who visits a beach in this country will see the levels of pollution we are dealing with. We made biodegradable bioplastic that could be cast into any shape and was quite resistant to the elements except of course the birds who enjoyed a sneaky snack at the expense of our plastic. The aloeplastic was edible and made out ingredient which is digestible for birds and other wildlife.

Crows eating our delicious Aloeplastic. Don’t worry its very digestible probably tasty too from the looks of things

Another test sample which was ripped to shreds by the very same birds!
During this time period we reached out to a few business leaders in regards to our prototypes and how can we accelerate this process. But we reached a threshold when one of the members of our team quit as he wasn’t passionate about the project. This is a fair call if you ain’t passionate about something its not worth wasting your time doing it.

Our idea for a commercial product for our Aloeplastic.
We onboard for potential funding in the future but we found that a lot of accelerators weren’t willing to take us on board due to us not being a quick investment gain, Eventually we run out of money for this project and decided to freeze it. It was a very sad day for me to freeze a project which had so much potential but it had to happen.
I really enjoy reading about the chemical composition and phytochemical of plants and animals and while studying bee venom I saw nothing but amazement. Melittin, Apamin and apitoxin are amazing. The uses for these polypeptides could revolutionize the world. As I went to try to pair this with commercial applications I realised that nothing had been explored while a few companies had made products for this. They hadn’t explored it fully. A gram of bee venom sells for $80 – 300. We decided that we had to make a collector that can make beekeepers such as myself a fair amount of money.