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Dr Katja Hogendoorn

Telephone +61 8 8313 6555
Position Research Associate
Fax +61 8 8313 7109
Building Waite Building
Floor/Room 1 11a
Campus Waite
Org Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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Biography/ Background

Katja Hogendoorn is a postdoctoral research associate in the Plant Protection group. Her research focuses on bees as vectors of beneficial microbes ('entomovectoring'), the behavioural ecology of native bees, and on the importance and potential of native bees as crop pollinators.

Katja currently leads an innovation project funded by the federal Department of Agriculture to introduce entomovectoring in cherry orchards and vineyards for the control of Cherry Brown rot and Botrytis bunch rot. In addition, Katja researches revegetation strategies to enhance the presence of pollinators on apple, pear and lucerne. The latter project is funded by Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia.


PhD. Ethology and Sociobiology. Utrecht University, 1994.

Research Interests

Insects as vectors of beneficial microbes, Behavioural ecology of native bees, in particular mating behaviour, Native bees as (crop) pollinators, Conservation of native bees,
Taxonomy and phylogeography of native bees, Evolution of behaviour in general and of sociality in particular.


Junqueira C., Yamamoto M., Oliveira P., Hogendoorn K., Augusto S. 2013. Nest management increases pollinator density in passion fruit orchards. Apidology DOI: 10.1007/s13592-013-0219-4.


Hogendoorn K., Keller M.A. 2013. Preparedness for biological control of high-priority arthropod pests. Final Report UA 1201, Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, 78 pp.


Hogendoorn K. 2013. The buzz on native bees: safeguarding crop pollination. e-Science 5: 36-40.


Junqueira C.N., Hogendoorn K., Augusto S.C., 2012. The use of trap-nest to manage carpenter bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Xylocopa spp.), pollinators of passion fruit (Passifloraceae: Passiflora edulis). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 105: 884 – 889.


Leijs R., van Nes E.H., Watts C.H., Cooper S.J.B., Humphreys W.H., Hogendoorn K. 2012. Evolution of Blind Beetles in Isolated Aquifers: A Test of Alternative Modes of Speciation. PLoS ONE 7: 3: e34260, 1-8.


Juen A., Hogendoorn K., Ma G., Schmidt O., Keller M.A. 2012. Analysing the diet of invertebrate predators using terminal 1 restriction fragments. J. Pest Science 85: 89-100.


Hogendoorn K., Keller M.A. 2012. Native Australian bees as potential pollinators of Lucerne. RIRDC report 12-048, 38 pp. ISBN: 987-1-74254-391-8.


Hogendoorn K., Keller M.A. 2011. Development of native bees as pollinators of vegetable seed crops. Final Report VG08179, Horticulture Australia LTD. 48 pp.


Hogendoorn K., Bartholomaeus F., Keller M.A. 2010. Chemical and sensory comparison of tomatoes pollinated by bees and by a pollination wand. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 1286-1292.


Batley M. & Hogendoorn K. 2009. Conservation status of Australian native bees Apidologie 240:347-354.


Leijs, R. & Hogendoorn K. 2008. Correlated evolution of mating behaviour and morhology in large carpenter bees (Xylocopa). Apidologie 239: 119-132.


Zammit J., Hogendoorn K. & Schwarz M.P., 2008. Strong constraints to independent nesting in a facultatively social bee: quantifying the effects of enemies-at-the-nest. Insectes Sociaux 55:74-78


Stevens M.I., Hogendoorn K. & Schwarz M.P., 2007. Evolution of sociality by natural selection on variances in reproductive fitness: evidence from a social bee. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 7:153


Hogendoorn K., Coventry S.A. & Keller M.A., 2007. Foraging behaviour of a blue banded bee, Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea Cockerell in greenhouses: implications for use as tomato pollinators. Apidologie 38: 86-92.


Hogendoorn K., Gross C.L., Sedgley M.& Keller M.A., 2006. Increased tomato yield through pollination by native Australian blue-banded bees (Amegilla chlorocyanea Cockerell). Journal of Economic Entomology 99: 828-833.


Langer P., Hogendoorn K., Schwarz M. P. & Keller L. 2006. Reproductive skew in the Australian allodapine bee Exoneura robusta. Animal Behaviour 71:193-201.


Wallman J.F, Leys R. & Hogendoorn K., 2005. Molecular systematics of Australian carrion-breeding blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) based on mitochondrial DNA. Invertebrate Systematics 19: 1-15.


Langer P, Hogendoorn K & Keller L., 2004. Tug of war over reproduction in a social bee. Nature 428: 844-847.


Hogendoorn K., Watiniasih N.L. & Schwarz M.P., 2001. Extended alloparental care in the almost solitary bee Exoneurella eremophila (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 50: 275-282.


Hogendoorn K.& Zammit J., 2001.Benefits of cooperative breeding through increased colony survival in an allodapine bee. Insectes Sociaux 48: 392-397.


Hogendoorn K., Steen Z. & Schwarz M.P., 2000. Native Australian carpenter bees as a potential alternative to introducing bumble bees for tomato pollination in greenhouses. Journal of Apicultural Research 39: 67-74.


Schwarz M.P. & Hogendoorn K., 1999. Biodiversity and conservation of Australian native bees. In: The other 99 %. The Conservation and Biodiversity of Invertebrates. The Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, p 388-393. Australian Zoologist.


Hogendoorn K. & Velthuis H.H.W., 1999. Reproductive skew in mass provisioning carpenter bees in relation to age and size. Insectes Sociaux 46: 198-207.


Schwarz M.P., Bull N.J. & Hogendoorn K., 1998. Evolution of sociality in the allodapine bees: a review of sex allocation, ecology and evolution. Insectes Sociaux 45: 349-368.


Hogendoorn K. & Schwarz M.P., 1998. Guarding specialization in pre-reproductive colonies of the allodapine bee Exoneura bicolor. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 10: 67-77.


Hogendoorn K. & Leys R., 1998. The life-cycle of Halictus rubicundus (Hymenoptera, Halictidae) in the Netherlands: comparison of two populations. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 70: 347-352.


Hogendoorn K., 1996. Socio-economics of brood destruction during supersedure in the carpenter bee Xylocopa pubescens. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 9: 931-952.


Hogendoorn K. & Velthuis H.H.W., 1995. The role of young guards in the carpenter bee Xylocopa pubescens. Insectes Sociaux 42: 427-448.


Hogendoorn K. & Leys R., 1993. The superseded female's dilemma: ultimate and proximate factors that influence guarding behaviour of the carpenter bee Xylocopa pubescens. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 33: 371-381.


Hogendoorn K. & Velthuis H.H.W., 1993. The sociality of Xylocopa pubescens: Does a helper really help? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 32: 247-257.


Hogendoorn K., 1991. Intraspecific competition in the carpenter bee Xylocopa pubescens and its implications for the evolution of sociality. Proc. Exper. & Appl. Entomol (N.E.V. Amsterdam) 2: 123-128.


Hogendoorn K. & Velthuis, H.H.W. 1988. Influence of multiple mating on kin recognition in worker honeybees. Naturwissenschaften 75: 412-413.



Expertise for Media Contact

CategoriesAnimals & Veterinary Science, Agriculture & Farming
ExpertiseBees, in particular native bees Pollination Entomovectoring Bees as flying doctors Crop pollination Invertebrates Entomology Social behaviour Animal behaviour Mating behaviour
NotesAssociate editor of Arthropod Plant Interactions International Union for the Study of Social Insects Australian Pollination Ecology Society European Society for Evolutionary Biology Australian Society for the Study of Animal behaviour

Entry last updated: Sunday, 24 Jan 2016

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