30 JAN 2023

On 24 January 2023, the European Commission presented 'A New Deal for Pollinators' revising the 2018 EU Pollinators Initiative. This new deal comes in response to increasing calls to improve pollinator conservation and tackle the causes of their decline and its consequences on food security, human health, quality of life and ecosystems.  The revised Pollinators Initiative sets objectives for 2030 and related actions under three priorities: I: Improving knowledge of pollinator...

17 JAN 2023

Since PoshBee started back in June 2018, project members have published an impressive number of valuable scientific publications providing insights on how to support healthy bee populations, beekeeping and pollination across Europe. With the project ending in May 2023, PoshBee decided it was only fitting to look back and appreciate all the papers published over the last five years. Search for the hashtag #PoshBeeWrapUp to find out more. ��Hard to believe almost 5 years have...

12 JAN 2023

2023 started with an action-packed January for PoshBee. On 11 and 12 January, with less than 6 months left in the project, partners met up in GatherTown to make sure there would be nothing but smooth sailing until the Final project meeting in March and ultimately, PoshBee’s end in May. The two-day workshops covered a wide area of topics, ranging from the coordination of upcoming publications and open access guidelines to ensuring overall project objectives are met through strategic...

20 DEC 2022

This press release was published by EurekAlert! and AlphaGalileo.  To make its scientific results more accessible, the Horizon 2020 research project PoshBee (GA No. 773921) issues a stakeholder summary for each published research output. PoshBee (Pan-european assessment, monitoring, and mitigation of stressors on the health of bees) aims to support healthy bee populations and sustainable beekeeping. In this context, successful cooperation between diverse stakeholder groups is...

13 DEC 2022

PoshBee is happy to share its social media campaign presenting a number of projects, associations, information hubs and national strategies protecting pollinators. Across Europe, there are many initiatives working towards protecting pollinators and improving their health. In order to highlight their work, PoshBee conducted an ‘Initiatives’ social media campaign briefly presenting them. [1/2] 🔙Some time ago, we introduced our webpage dedicated to some of the projects,...

12 DEC 2022

The annual UK National Honey Show took place on 27–29 October 2022 in Surrey, England. It is the UK's premier honey show with international classes, lecture conventions and workshops. With its nearly two hundred and fifty competitive classes, the show attracts beekeepers from around the world eager to compete for the coveted trophies and prize cards. Among this year’s winners was a PoshBee partner from the Federation of Beekeepers of Ireland Associations (FIBKA)....

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....