5 DEC 2022

On 12 November 2022, London had its annual Lord Mayor's Show, which goes all the way back to the early 13th century. This event is an opportunity for a review of all the charities supported by the Lord Mayor and the livery companies in the city. One of the charities is Pollinating London Together – a pan­livery initiative that is raising awareness of the importance of biodiversity and pollinators, and their substantial recent decline. The bee mansion built by Robin Dean...

30 NOV 2022

The SFE2-GfÖ-EEF joint meeting took place in Metz, France, between 21-25 November 2022. Held under the slogan "Ecology and Evolution: New perspectives and societal challenges", the meeting hosted cutting-edge researchers, science policymakers, and leading academics from all over the map. Among them were PoshBee researchers who took the opportunity to present their latest results. Dimitry Wintermantel et al. 2022. Inconsistent negative impacts of azoxystrobin-based...

21 NOV 2022

It has been over 4 years since the European Commission adopted the EU Pollinators Initiative –  the first-ever initiative on wild pollinators. In it, the EU set out strategic objectives and specific actions that Member States have to take in order to address pollinator decline. To ensure the Initiative’s effectiveness, the European Commission is committed to thoroughly reviewing the progress in its implementation and where needed revising the action. As part of this...

14 NOV 2022

Glyphosate is among the most used pesticides in the world and has been identified as one of the pesticides of greatest concern in terms of sublethal effects on bees (Tosi, Sfeir, Carnesecchi, VanEngelsdorp & Chauzat, 2022). In light of that, a new PoshBee study was specifically interested in advancing the assessment of beebread’s contamination with residues of glyphosate, since beebreads represent a possible source of long-term exposure of bees to glyphosate and only a few studies on...

11 NOV 2022

Job opportunity in PoshBee: Pre- or postdoctoral researcher! The position is offered by the Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology, Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg. Research topic: Effects of pesticides and other stressors on beesConditions: TV-L 13 50-100%, 5 monthsStarting date: 1 January 2023 Requirements MSc in ecology, biology, environmental science, entomology or a related field Data analysis skills in...

7 NOV 2022

Pathogens and parasites, and their associated diseases, are among the major stressors affecting bee health and consequently pollinator decline. The unicellular eukaryote Nosema microsporidia (Nosematidae) are among some of the widespread parasites of managed and wild bees. Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae have been described in honey bees and Nosema bombi in bumble bees. And although there are molecular methods which serve as a complement to microscopic diagnosis of nosemosis, to date, there...

3 NOV 2022

The 9th European Congress of Apidology (EurBee 9) – convened under the motto "Save the bees for our future" – took place in Belgrade, Serbia, in September 2022. This international event was not only an opportunity for interesting scientific contributions and collaborative meetings, but also a chance for scientists and bee experts from around the world to meet in person. Among the oral and poster presentations delivered at EurBee 9, you could spot many familiar PoshBee...

25 OCT 2022

On 10 October, the European Research Executive Agency (REA) held a workshop to discuss the current state of play on pollinators. The goal was to identify key knowledge gaps and their potential solutions resulting from EU-funded projects supporting pollinators. Following a welcome by Paul Webb from the REA, discussions began on what have EU’s multinational research projects learnt and what are the most important next steps in terms of research and policy. Participants had the...

21 OCT 2022

Different types of pesticides are used worldwide and, one way or another, bees get exposed to them. The evidence that such exposure is among the threats bees face is piling up and there are calls for their increased scrutiny in regulatory assessments. However, one significant concern is that existing frameworks could be biased towards assessing risks to the honey bee. In this context, PoshBee researchers considered it vital to test if all bees in fact respond to pesticides in the same manner,...

13 OCT 2022

Documenting complex models has been a long-standing problem, with currently applied methods often lacking the opportunity for reviewers to flag issues or suggest redesigns before the analysis is complete. The Formal Model, introduced recently in the open access journal Food and Ecological Systems Modelling Journal (FESMJ), aims to improve this process by providing a reproducible formal approach to model documentation, which allows reviewers to identify problems early on. Additionally, it...

4 OCT 2022

The PoshBee project has a new addition to its collection of scientific publications – "A deeper understanding of system interactions can explain contradictory field results on pesticide impact on honey bees", published last week in the journal Nature Communications. The health of honey bees as influenced by multiple factors and their effects. The impacts of pesticides – particularly neonicotinoid insecticides – on pollinators have caused widespread concern,...

26 SEP 2022

In March 2022, PoshBee issued four new practice abstracts discussing assessment endpoints of honey bees’ health, new bee health tools, effects of pollen nutrition and results of semi-field studies. Since then, project partners have been busy adapting their new results to the needs of practitioners – and six months later, PoshBee is back with six new practice abstracts! With these new additions, the project now has a total of 14 practice abstracts available on the EIP-Agri Platform....

30 AUG 2022

A new PoshBee paper describes the development process, rationale, and lessons learned from a wide transdisciplinary investigation into farmland pollinators, conducted within the project’s framework. PoshBee’s main goal is to investigate the suite of stressors typically encountered by pollinating insects in European agricultural landscapes. Consequently, the project established a network of 128 study sites across eight European countries and collected over 50 measurements and...

17 AUG 2022

A recently-published PoshBee study assessed the impact of crop exposure and agricultural intensification on the phenotypic variation of bees. Understanding how such environmental stressors impact phenotypic variations is especially relevant in light of the current rapid global change. Insect wings represent an accurate means to assess phenotypic variation because they are flat, two-dimensional and present many homologous landmarks. Furthermore, several studies show that stressful conditions,...

8 AUG 2022

Declines in insect pollinators’ abundance and diversity are evidenced globally and should be addressed not only due to ethical reasons, but also because there are clear benefits from maintaining and enhancing pollinator diversity. For example, although managed bees generally play the major role in the pollination of commercial crops, wild pollinators also provide important crop pollination services. It is hence crucial to inspire the development of management and policy guidelines for the...

3 AUG 2022

On 28 July 2022, PoshBee published one of its key exploitable results to the Horizon Results Platform. Its publication supports the project’s goal to turn scientific research into innovations that can address our societal, economic and environmental challenges. The Horizon Results Platform (HRP), whose motto is "Making results matter", is the place where you can discover the abundance of EU-funded research results and you can get in contact with their creators....

28 JUL 2022

On 18 July, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched a public consultation on their Revised guidance on the risk assessment of plant protection products on bees (Apis mellifera, Bombus spp. and solitary bees). This consultation comes as a response to a request from the European Commission for the Authority to review its guidance document from 2013 by considering the new scientific knowledge that has emerged. Thus, EFSA launched a public consultation in order to safeguard all...

21 JUL 2022

In January 2022, the PoshBee project committed to providing stakeholder summaries for all high-impact original research and meta analyses. Seven months later, the project has already published 13 such summaries, 11 of which are available in languages other than English (French, Italian, German, etc.). Find out more about PoshBee’s stakeholder summaries below. Pollen nutrition fosters honeybee tolerance to pesticides (in English and French) PoshBee’s first summary answers...

24 JUN 2022

On 22 June 2022, the EU Commission adopted groundbreaking proposals dedicated to protecting and restoring nature. In the context of continuous biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, the EC concluded that more decisive action is needed to achieve the EU climate and biodiversity objectives for 2030 and for 2050. Proposal for Nature Restoration Law For years, the EU has been working towards protecting and restoring nature on many fronts with strategies such as the European Green...

20 JUN 2022

Bees are a highly diverse group of pollinating insects with many species, exhibiting differences in traits such as body size, social behaviour, foraging strategies or floral choices. And while it is well-known bee species vary in such traits, there is still little information on how they vary in their nutritional requirements. To address this knowledge gap, PoshBee researchers from UMONS, INRAE & CREA, developed original laboratory experiments, evaluating the interspecific...