14 JAN 2021

A team of PoshBee researchers lead by Prof. Alexandra-Maria Klein from the University of Freiburg, Germany, performed field and semi-field experiments aiming to measure the effect of chemicals and their interactions with other stressors on bees.   The field experiments were undertaken in an apple orchard near lake Constanz (Germany). The researchers observed honeybees, bombus bees, and mason bees. For the purpose of the semi-field experiments large spaces covered...

8 JAN 2021

An article about PoshBee was featured in the November 2020 issue of the Bee Craft magazine. The article titled "Brood day by day: What can we learn?" provides insight on the brood monitoring procedure that is applied in the PoshBee project. Author Matthew Allen of Atlantic Pollination Ltd. describes the process of acquiring comprehensive data on adult and juvenile bee mortality by using image recognition software for monitoring. Within the PoshBee project, the method is used for...

17 DEC 2020

An article about PoshBee was featured in the Winter 2020 issue of the Irish Organic Association magazine. The article titled "The Mission of Sustainable Bee Health" presents PoshBee and its main objectives and breakthroughs so far to the auditory of the magazine, which comprises of organic licence holders in Ireland like primary producers, retailers and processors, as well as  policy makers, media, industry, research institutes and relevant stakeholders in food and agriculture....

10 DEC 2020

A research article recently published in the Nature Communications journal provides evidence on the effects on honey bee health caused by exposure to neonicotinoid Clothianidin. The paper called "Neonicotinoid Clothianidin reduces honey bee immune response and contributes to Varroa mite proliferation" presents a verification that exposure of honey bees to this type of insecticide can induce immune suppression in developing bees, resulting in increased feeding and reproduction of the...

23 NOV 2020

Hi all We have a post-doc position available within our Bee Health Group, one of several positions coming up, for a person with virology and bioinformatic skills. Check out the full details at the SLU job website (https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/jobs-vacancies/) and look for "Postdoctoral position on honeybee tolerance and resistance to virus infections"  - reference SLU.ua.2020.2.5.1-4277 for more details.  For those interested in PhD positions, check out the...

10 NOV 2020

It has been estimated that wild bees contribute to crop pollination as much as honey bees. Moreover, as pollinators of wild plants, wild bees are essential for the maintenance of functioning of ecosystems. A PoshBee experiment, led by a team from Agroscope, aims to track whether wild bees that are well nourished can better cope with stressors such as plant protection products.  "For us to effectively protect and promote bees and their crucial pollination services, it’s...

29 SEP 2020

On 16 September, Jane Stout of Trinity College Dublin spoke about science and policy for pollinator protection at the ReNature Training Course that took place online between 14-16 September. Jane outlined the pollinator decline challenges that Ireland faces and elaborated on the cooperation between scientists and policy-makers for achieving the goals of returning food and shelter for pollinators across public, private and farmed land. Another crucial goal is to achieve ecological balance that...

28 SEP 2020

EcoStack’s second annual meeting took place between 22-23 September 2020. The H2020 project aims to develop and support ecologically, economically and socially sustainable crop production via stacking and protection of functional biodiversity. One topic of discussion during the meeting was the Animal, Landscape and Man Simulation System (ALMaSS) agent-based model system. ALMaSS models different animal species as individuals (agents), which move around inside a virtual landscape to...

21 SEP 2020

This update on the progress of the PoshBee WP7 was provided by Robin Dean. It’s September, and in the beekeeping world, it’s time to treat the bees for varroa which are the parasitic mite devastating bee colonies across the world. Robin of The Red Beehive Co. is putting Apivar strips into one of the PoshBee colonies to ensure they will be fighting fit to start the postponed semi field work for WP7. It might already be autumn, but with the almost record temperatures the...

9 SEP 2020

The PoshBee project is part of the final report of EIP-AGRI’s Focus Group on bee health and sustainable beekeeping. Experts from the Agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) Focus Group have explored the question how can the sustainability of beekeeping be ensured in the face of challenges linked to pests and diseases, intensification of agriculture and climate change. PoshBee is also featured in the September 2020 EIP-AGRI Newsletter. EIP-AGRI’s monthly...

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...