04/Oct/17 12:11 Filed in: Meeting | Poster
Our Romanian SMARTBEES partner ICDA
has won the Gold medal for its scientific, didactic and technical video film "Queen rearing in an intensive system":
The video film, which is 67 minutes long and has a high quality image (full HD), was published on DVD and is available in Romanian and English language. It was produced for all beekeepers that want to produce mated queens for their own needs or for selling, being also an important educational tool for the whole queen rearing process and local bee breeding and conservation efforts.
The video film is structured into the following chapters:
1. The queen of the bees; 2. Natural swarming; 3. Supersedure queens; 4. Emergency queens; 5. Breeder colony selection for queen and drone rearing; 6. Drone rearing; 7. Starter colony formation; 8. Grafting; 9. Introducing and harvesting queen cells in starter colony; 10. Preparation of the queen cells frames for finishing colony; 11. Introducing queen cells into the finishing colony; 12. Queen cells isolation in cages for emerging; 13. Queens emerging in normal colonies or in incubator; 14. Mating nuclei formation; 15. Other types of mating nuclei; 16. Introducing a queen cell or a virgin queen to a nucleus, artificial swarm or queenless colony; 17. Nuclei inspection, mated queens harvesting, weighing and caging for delivery; 18. Queen bank colonies; 19. Introducing a mated queen in a colony; 20. Quality queens – strong and productive colonies.
More information available on the web: www.icdapicultura.ro
A short advertising presentation can be find on youtube
Contact: Adrain Siceanu
or Eliza Cauia
25/Sep/17 09:26 Filed in: other
There is a great interest for SMARTBEES project in the social networking of researchers and scientists Research Gate:
Check this project out here
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25/Sep/17 09:18 Filed in: Meeting | Poster | Presentation
At the 45th International Apicultural Congress APIMONDIA September 29th- October 4th, Istanbul, Turkey, members of SMARTBEES consortium are going to give talks/organize Round Tables discussions relevant to the project. Read More…
09/Aug/17 12:48 Filed in: Meeting
09/Aug/17 12:48 Filed in: Meeting
The 3rd SMARTBEES seminar for the breeding coordinators (http://smartbees-fp7.eu/Extension/Performance/Breed-Coord/) was held in Pulawy (Poland). During the two days seminar (6th and 7th July) the participants actively discussed the progress achieved so far and the challenges faced during the implementation of the breeding programs. In addition, suggestions and ideas concerning the future of the SMARTBEES breeding network were presented and discussed.
24/Apr/17 13:21 Filed in: Meeting
SMARTBEES' consortium member Hessen Bee Institute, Germany, Dr. Aleksandar Uzunov (right), met with Hon. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, and Prof. David Mifsud, University of Malta & Breeds of Origin Conservancy, to discuss the planning of future conservation strategies for the Maltesean native honeybee, Apis mellifera ruttneri.
08/Feb/17 12:28 Filed in: Publication
Please see HERE
for a continuously updated list of publications generated by various members of the SMARTBEES consortium.
14/Nov/16 20:50 Filed in: Meeting | Press release
SmartBees are in Malta discuss ways to protect endemic bees
The Times of Malta has covered a meeting that members of the SmartBees consortium organized.
The article is linked here
or for download here
31/Aug/16 17:05 Filed in: Meeting | Poster | Presentation
We would be glad if you could join us at EURBEE
in Cluj, Romania, on Friday 9th in the “Regele Ferdinand” Amphitheater where several partners will be presenting their results obtained so far and will give an outlook of the work ahead:
After a short introduction by coordinator Kaspar Bienefeld at 9:45 Desiderato Annoscia will talk about "Varroa destructor and Deformed Wing Virus are linked in a mutualistic symbiosis accounting for their major role in honeybee colony collapses ";
after this presentation Adrian Siceanu will be presenting about: Preliminary study regarding infestation level of Varroa (Varroa destructor) correlated with honeybee colonies survival in a case study in Romania.
Further speakers are
- Ralph Buchler: Low Varroa mite reproduction in European honey bees
- Gennaro di Prisco: Neonicotinoids and immunity
- Ewan Campbell: Proteomic analysis of Varroa destructor saliva: do factors in mite saliva affect bee immuno-competence?
- Jakob Wegener: Proteomic analysis of hygienic behaviour in Apis mellifera carnica
- Marina Meixner: Genetic and morphometric variation of A. mellifera mellifera across its range
- Aleksander Uzunov: Genetic improvement of European honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) populations
The complete program is found here
02/Jun/16 13:32 Filed in: Publication
The Horizon Magazine
brings you the latest news and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU.
In the May issue which was dedicated to all kinds of interesting facts about insects the SMARTBEES project has been included. This is the text:Researchers are developing mite-resistant bees:
The average worker bee can pollinate up to 5 000 flowers in one day, yet only produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its entire life. Honey production and pollination may be at risk as the bee population in parts of Europe continues to dwindle due a decline in habitable space, pesticides, and the deadly varroa mite, which has been the main reason for the majority of colony losses over the last 50 years. Some researchers, backed by EU funding, are looking into ways to measure bees’ resistance against the mite to teach beekeepers how to breed stronger populations.
You may find the full text entitled "Eight creepy crawly facts that will really bug you" if follow this link
04/May/16 11:49 Filed in: Meeting
On April 30th and May 1st a training event was held in Lithuania with 45 breeders.
04/May/16 11:44 Filed in: Meeting
In beautiful Avignon, France, another training session was concluded in early April. 35 breeders/beekeepers from entire France attended.
14/Mar/16 09:59 Filed in: Meeting
2016 started with two further training seminars: 35 breeders met in Portugal (Nisa, 3rd or March) and in Malta the SmartBees team met with 14 breeders (6.3.2016).
27/Jan/16 17:49 Filed in: Presentation
SMARTBEES activities of the team of Agricultural University of Athens-Greece (Laboratory of Agricultural Zoology and Entomology) were presented in 5th Panhellenic Beekeeping Congress, Piraeus, Greece, 4-6 December 2015.
Please find the talk (in Greek) for download here
27/Jan/16 17:49 Filed in: Poster
The team of Agricultural University of Athens-Greece (Laboratory of Agricultural Zoology and Entomology) published a poster presenting “SMARTBEES” project, in 16th Panhellenic Entomological Congress, Heraklio, Crete, Greece, 20-23 October 2015.
You may find the poster (in Greek) here
19/Nov/15 12:03 Filed in: Publication
The colleagues at the Agricultural University of Athens have written an article in the beekeeping journal "Melissokomiko Vima" January - February of the Federation of Greek Beekeepers' Associations. Here
is the pdf of the article.
10/Nov/15 15:20 Filed in: other | conservation
Smartbees will establish a network of individuals and groups working to conserve the different subspecies of European honeybees. The first step is to collect basic information on the existing groups/organisations focusing on honeybee conservation. Read more about this conservation network here
30/Oct/15 10:33 Filed in: Meeting | Presentation
At the 44th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress in Korea SmartBees coordinator Prof. Bienefeld held a talk in frame of the symposium: Indigenous Bees aid Conservation I entitled "The status and prospects of Apis cerana
". You find the abstract below:
The status and prospects of Apis cerana
Kaspar Bienefeld, Holly Jones
Institute for Bee Research Hohen Neuendorf, Germany
Although A. cerana produces less honey per colony than A. mellifera, it is well-acclimated to its native environment, gentle, and resistant to honey bees' main threat: Varroa destructor. These factors seems A. cerana optimal for beekeeping within its natural habitat A survey was sent to 30 apiculturists throughout Asia to assess their observations of current A, cerana populations, population changes, influences of A. mellifera, and other aspects ofbeekeeping in their respective countries. On average, A. cerana populations have decreased by 55%' but up to 95% in some areas of its range, due partially to imports of European Apis mellifera and the resulting exchangeofdiseases. In62,5Yo (10of16) ofthecountriesinquestion,anevenfurtherdeclineinA'cerana populations is to be expected. Nearly all participants expressed support for A. cerana conservation measures and a third specifically emphasized the necessity of breeding progmms. As the superioi performance of A. mellifera relies largely on breeding programs, similar practices with A. cerana should improve traits which beekeepers have previously considered to be insufficient. The substantial genetic improvement in terms of productivity, behavior, and disease resistance observed in A. mellifera following the introduction of new breeding strategies attests to the effectiveness and sustainability ofthis option. In reference to the concepts ofthe new EU "Smartbees" project (www.smartbees-fu7.eu), which uses modern breeding strategies to adapt endangered A. mellifera subspecies to beekeepers'needsand thus preserve these native populations, we suggest creating a similar initiative for A. cerana'
13/Oct/15 18:17 Filed in: Meeting
A training for performance testing was held in Bucharest (Romania) on October 10th.
13/Oct/15 17:41 Filed in: Presentation
The project was presented in Brno on the 26th of September 2015
30/Jul/15 10:41 Filed in: other
The well-known and respected weekly newspager "DIE ZEIT" published an article focussing on the mite problem and mentioning in detail the SmartBees project.
Here is the link
to the article.
22/Jun/15 12:17 Filed in: Meeting
Two further training seminars were successfully held in Poland (Pulawy) and Greece (Athens) on May 30 and June 20, respectively.
15/Jun/15 11:54 Filed in: Meeting
We have successfully conducted 2 training seminars in Norway (Klofta) and Croatia (Sisak) on June 6 and 13, respectively.
03/Jun/15 10:06 Filed in: Publication
The German Bee Journal „Deutsches Bienenjournal
“ featured the project in an interview explaining the meaning and importance of the Smartbees project. You find this interview in 2/2015 issue of the journal. It might be possible to link to this interview directly in the future. We will update this news accordingly.
Furthermore, the project has been mentioned in 2 other publications (both in German):
Bienefeld, K. (2014); Zuchterfolg oder genetische Vielfalt bei der Honigbiene ? Schweizer Bienen-Zeitung 137(12), 12-15
Bienefeld, K. (2015); Bienen-Landflucht bringt Probleme, VDL Nachrichten 65(1), 11
UPDATE: July 22 2015:
you find the interview now online at the Bienenjournal. Follow this link
20/May/15 00:37 Filed in: Meeting
We are glad that many beekeepers attended our training in Belgrade (Serbia) on May 17th 2015.