EFSA bee guidance, pesticides, bees, pollinators, Regulation plant protection | BeeSafe

5 August 2019

The EFSA bee guidance exists since 2013. From the very beginning, it has produced discussions, harsh criticism as well as positive voices. This guidance gives a framework for the registration of pesticides, for all the studies, evaluations and data in the dossiers. However, it wasn’t implemented until now. In July, the European Commission (EC) instructed […]

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Managed bees, bee health, one health, bumblebees, honey bees

19 July 2019

Managed bees, as we saw in the last post, can have a negative effect on wild bee populations. However, though honey bees are the best-known pollinator, they’re not the only managed bee species. Bumblebee rearing is common in Europe since the early 1980s. They’re used mainly for tomatoes or other crops that need buzz-pollination. And […]

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bee nutrition and parasites

7 July 2019

One health is a quite recent concept. It comes from the insight that humans, domestic animals and wildlife face similar health issues. As the OIE (the World Organisation for Animal Health) puts it: “Human health and animal health are interdependent and bound to the health of the ecosystems in which they exist. ” This was […]

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Insect diversity

1 May 2019

These days I’m thinking and talking much about threatened insects, mainly about bees, obviously. I’m always trying to explain, why we need more than some insect hotels and bee-friendly flowers to stop insect decline. As I explained in my last post, there are different levels to “saving the bees” or insects or whatever. Individual actions […]

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21 March 2019

Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) is a honeybee disease vectored by Varroa mites. In highly infested honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies, bees with crippled wings and short abdomens are symptoms of varroosis, caused by the virus. Though it originates clearly from the European Honeybee, it is able to replicate in varroa mites. The parasitic mites turn an […]

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Action against insect decline

25 February 2019

Insect decline made it to the top news. The tips on how to save the bees, help insects or even biodiversity are everywhere. It seems simple, just plant a few flowers, buy organic and tell the politicians to ban all pesticides. I’m obviously exaggerating here, but you know my aversion against simplifying. Unfortunately, it’s much […]

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