28 JUL 2020

Pollinators play a vital role in maintaining both semi-natural and agricultural ecosystems and healthy populations bolster food security, livelihoods and social wellbeing. With evidence that many species of pollinators are in decline, their conservation and management is of great public, economic and political interest. As a result, the ecology and conservation of managed and wild pollinators is a rapidly growing field of research, alongside the study of their associated ecosystem services....

10 JUN 2020

This feature was provided by Matthew J Allan, ATPOLL: Atlantic Pollination Ltd. This sequence of photos from the PoshBee semi-field studies team shows the development of one frame of honeybee brood, from eggs to larvae to prepupae to pupae to emerged adult, and then the cycle starts again. The photos follow the recommendations of OECD Guidance Document 75, designed to detect subtle impacts of chemicals and other stressors on brood. In this example, we can accurately follow the life of each...

9 JUN 2020

PoshBee's partner Jane Stout, Trinity College Dublin, co-chaired a session at this year's SETAC Europe meeting that took place online from 3 to 7 May 2020.  The session entitled "Bees, Bugs and Beneficials in Environmental Risk Assessment and Testing" was co-chaired together with fellow scientists Ivo Roessink, Jacoba Wassenberg, and Stefan Kimmel and focused on providing a balanced overview of ongoing developments in pollinator and non-target arthropod risk...

7 MAY 2020

PoshBee’s long-term objective is to support sustainable beekeeping and healthy bee populations, including wild bees. Similarly to its effect on many other areas of life, the current pandemic situation poses a challenge for the project. Robin Dean of The Red Beehive Company in the UK addresses some of the challenges he and his team are experiencing. One hindrance for Robin is that he cannot recruit staff members in the current situation, because of the challenge of maintaining...

26 MAR 2020

"One could imagine a world without insects, but this world would never function". These words of Josef Settele, a German lepidopterist, serve as an opening of "Die Insektenretter" (in English: "The Insect Rescuer"). This episode of the Planet E documentary focuses on the decline of insects and potential ways to address the issue. Research publications have identified five reasons for these declines: intensive agriculture, the use of fertilizers and...

4 MAR 2020

PoshBee’s fourth practice abstract has been published on the EIP-AGRI platform and is now available for you to read here. Based on his experience, Norman Thürmer of the Imkerverband Sachsen-Anhalt e.V. shares recommendations aiming to maximize the efficiency of the work invested in the project. Some of these suggestions include: Thorough planning of the bee purchasing. Appointing a fixed contact person for all EU formalities in case some partners lack previous...

21 JAN 2020

PoshBee’s Second General Assembly Meeting took place between 14 and 16 January in Marseille, France and united more than 80 participants, including scientists, beekeepers, farmers, practitioners and other stakeholders from across Europe. The discussions and workshops focusing on the project developments paved the way towards enhancing the sustainable health of bees and pollination services in Europe. The progress, challenges and future plans of all PoshBee work packages have...

10 DEC 2019

PoshBee coordinator Mark Brown (Royal Holloway, University of London, England) alongside researchers Marion Laurent (ANSES Sophia-Antipolis Laboratory, France) and Chris Topping (Aarhus University, Denmark) presented at the Anses/EFSA International Bee Health Conference in Paris on the 9 December 2019. The meeting was a fascinating opportunity to see PoshBee contributing to the evidence-based conversation on bee health.  @poshbee_eu colleagues Marion Laurent and...

10 DEC 2019

  PoshBee’s long-term objective is to support sustainable beekeeping and healthy bee populations, including wild bees. One of the aspects leading to this objective is the successful communication, knowledge transfer and dissemination of the project updates and results. As part of the promotional and dissemination toolset of the project selected to make the results of PoshBee available across stakeholders and the general public, the first batch of practice abstracts was...

29 NOV 2019

The PoshBee project, financed by the EU Horizon 2020, was presented to Moldovian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Romanian, and Ukranian beekeepers and representatives of beekeeping organisations on the International Fair of apiculture products Varna 2019. The event took place between 17 and 19 September 2019 in Varna, Bulgaria Viktoria Nikolova, a manager of Varna’s district information point, introduced the PoshBee’s aims and new technologies as part of the best regional and...

1 NOV 2019

The first Annual Meeting of Horizon 2020 project EcoStack took place from 15 to 17 October 2019 and was hosted by the University of Coimbra, Portugal. EcoStack are aiming to develop functional methods to incorporate multiple ecosystem services within agricultural landscapes.  PoshBee's coordinator, Mark Brown, attended the event where a great potential for productive collaborations between PoshBee and EcoStack have been identified and are currently pursued. Keep your ears...

31 OCT 2019

Trinity College Dublin is seeking programmers for a post-doctoral research assistant (PDRA) position to develop an agent-based model for bumble bees, to complement similar models for honey bees and solitary bees, contribute to integrative analysis of bee health and production of tools for risk assessment, and develop a multi-species Environmental Risk Assessment tool, as part of the PoshBee project. The successful applicant who will be based in the research group of...

28 OCT 2019

"10 years advancing ecosystem services science, policy and practice for a sustainable future"  In October 2019, PoshBee joined the 10th World Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership, held in the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. About 800 delegates from altogether 66 countries participated in the event.  The conference gathered researchers, policymakers and practitioners working towards a better understanding and application of the concept of...

21 OCT 2019

A new EPA-supported "Pollival" study led by Trinity claims that both the market and non-market values of pollinators in Ireland are currently greatly underestimated. The report has shown that even if we just consider locally produced food crops, loss of pollinators in Ireland could risk a €20-59 million hit per year in crop production. Pollinators are important to society for a lot of reasons – they ensure productivity in many of our fruit and vegetable...

25 JUN 2019

The PoshBee BUZZ, our annual newsletter, had its first issue published to accomodate news about our first year, where we've set the pace of the project and had already started active fieldwork.  Find out more in the newsletter, and don't miss to SUBSCRIBE for our next issues!

10 MAY 2019

Newly published research looks into the association between the deformed wing virus and the parasitic mite Varroa destructor as a major cause of worldwide honeybee colony losses. The article featured in Proceedings of the Royal Society B studies the mechanisms through which the mite acts as a vector of the viral pathogen and can trigger its replication in infected bees. The authors develop and test a novel hypothesis that mite feeding destabilizes viral...

30 APR 2019

PoshBee was featured twice in the Federation Of Irish Beekeepers Associations (FIBKA) magazine An Beachaire. The magazine reaches out monthly to around 3200 beekeepers across Ireland and beyond. While An Beachaire's first issue for 2019 proved a perfect medium for a quick call out to the community in search of apple tree orchards to place 3 beehives as part of the project's planned monitoring activities, the April issue just published contains a detailed report on the PoshBee...

16 APR 2019

A recently published paper in Nature Communications uses meta analysis to prove the importance of pollinator functional diversity for increasing pollination and yield.  The role of insect pollination in enhancing crop yield and quality represents one of the most widely appreciated ecosystem services, not least for its contribution to the 580 million tons of oilseeds grown worldwide annually. How insects promote crop pollination remains poorly understood in terms of the...

11 APR 2019

The PoshBee fieldwork has started in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Italy! Reseach teams, together will beekeepers and agricultural partners sample honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees to quantify the field-realistic exposure hazards for bees in terms of chemicals, nutrition and pathogens. The research team participating in the fieldwork has the overall goal to establish and implement a site network across eight countries incorporating Europe’s main biogeographic zones and...