Sustainable Management of Resilient Bee Populations


List of publications supported by the SMARTBEES fund

Please see HERE for a continuously updated list of publications generated by various members of the SMARTBEES consortium.

SMARTBEES in the EU Research and Innovation Magazine!

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.

Article in Greek beekeeping journal

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.

SmartBees in the News

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.

Romanian bee magazine reports on SmartBees

The Romanian bee magazine „Romaniâ apicolâ“ issued a 2 page report on the SmartBees project. You find the report here.