The Mission of Sustainable Bee Health
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.
The article provides details on the objectives of PoshBee to support healthy bee populations, sustainable beekeeping and pollination across Europe. It describes the PoshBee actions aimed at integrating the knowledge and experience of academics, beekeepers and farmers in the provision of the first pan-European quantification of the exposure hazard of chemicals to managed and wild bees.
"We are lucky that our major field campaign to assess the exposure of honey bees, bumblebees, and solitary bees across Europe to agrochemicals, nutritional stress, and parasites - took place last year." says project coordinator Prof. Mark Brown, in view of the difficulties that research field work has been facing in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. "This campaign was led by Professor Jane Stout at Trinity College Dublin, and Irish beekeepers and farmers played an integral and essential role in producing the data for Ireland," he adds.
The article also highlights some of PoshBee’s achievements such as the PoshBee practice abstracts published on the EIP-AGRI platform, and the featuring of PoshBee in the EIP-AGRI Final Report on Sustainable Beekeeping. It informs the audience about the research performed within the ALMaSS agent-based model.
You can read the full article here.