Mark Brown, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation at Royal Holloway, talks about leading the research consortium PoshBee, a world-first study of bees, who face many threats in Europe and across the world and are in decline.
Effects of pesticides on insects (English subtitles)
Honey bees, bumble bees and human achievements are increasingly getting in each other’s way.
At Freiburg University research is underway into how agricultural chemicals affect various species and whether the situation can be improved by introducing supplementary food sources for honey bees and bumble bees.
Wenn die Insekten sterben (If insects die out) (German version only)
If there are no bees, no bugs, no moths, then there is no pollination. But 90% of the wild and cultivated plants rely on pollination to bear fruit and multiply.
Pollination without insects - an experiment by fruit-grower Markus Marschall and Prof. Alexandra-Maria Klein, member of the PoshBee consortium.
Eine Zukunft für Insekten (Future for insects) (German version only)
Butterflies, wild bees, beetles and many other insects are threatened. If they extinct, the existence of humans would also be a matter of life and death.
This is how important these animals are for planet Earth!
They tingle, crawl, sting, hum and whir. Clealy, insects! If a colorful butterfly approaches, we are happy. On the other hand, wasps and ants are often annoying in summer. And if a mosquito stings us, we would even kill it. But if we look closely, we can see that insects are fascinating and enormously important!
Die Insektenretter (The insect rescuer) (German version only)
"One could imagine a world without insects, but this world would never function". This episode of the Planet E documentary focuses on the decline of insects and potential ways to address the issue.
With the focus set on bees, the documentary introduces PoshBee and its objective to explore the effects of various pesticides and combinations of pesticides on bees.
This short montage gives a glimpse of PoshBee’s exciting fieldwork! The first video on PoshBee's YouTube channel shows the adventures of Irene Bottero, Elena Zioga and Amy Elisabeth Turner (Trinity College Dublin) during their 2019 work in the field. Feel free to share your photos and videos in the field with PoshBee!
A semi-field PoshBee experiment, led by project partner Agroscope, aims to track whether wild bees that are well nourished can better cope with plant protection products. Matthias Albrecht speaks about goals of the experiment and how it may contribute to improved bee risk assessment. Watch the video in Englidh language here.
A semi-field PoshBee experiment, led by project partner Agroscope, aims to track whether wild bees that are well nourished can better cope with plant protection products. Matthias Albrecht speaks about goals of the experiment and how it may contribute to improved bee risk assessment. Watch the video in German language here.
A short video that showcases the main achievements of the PoshBee project in 2020.
PoshBee field and semi-field experiments performed by a team of researchers from the University of Freiburg, Germany.
This video shows PoshBee research performed by the project team at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). PoshBee researcher Piero Onorati presents the different measurements he and his team at SLU perform on adult honey bees and bee larvae to find out the effects on bee health of three categories of agricultural pesticides.
In this video PoshBee researcher Eleanor Attridge of the Federation of Beekeepers of Ireland Associations (FIBKA) demonstrates the application of PoshBee samplers on honey bee hives.
In this video academic youtuber Palak Lakhani interviews PoshBee PhD student Sara Hellström about her research experience and PhD life as a early-career researcher at the University of Halle.
In this video academic youtuber Palak Lakhani shows how PoshBee PhD student Sara Hellström works with wild bees in the laboratory of the University of Halle.
In this video PoshBee researchers from the Anses Sophia Antipolis laboratory demonstrate the process of analysis of pathogens in honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees.
This PoshBee training video titled "Specialised Equipment for Honeybee Studies" was created by PoshBee researchers Matt Allan (Atlantic Pollination Ltd.) and Robin Dean (The Red Beehive Company). Matt and Robin carry out semi-field studies on honeybees in the UK. They have built enclosures and inside them, they grow certain crops and apply the stressors, the pressures that they want to study, to see what impact they have. In this video, the researchers examine the impact of the nutrition that the bees are getting.
In this PoshBee video project partners from BioPark Archamps and CNRS demonstrate the analysis of bee haemolymph samples with MALDI matrix spotting and spectral analysis.