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

2 July 2020

Healthy bees – how do you define them? My approach has changed over the years. First, I was interested in single bee diseases, or more precisely, the impact of parasites on bees. With experience, it turned into a more complex approach, acknowledging connections. Over the years, I began to include also aspects that aren’t related […]

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bee nutrition

15 June 2020

In this period of the year, I think about bee nutrition quite often. It’s the time of wild meadows, of flowering gardens and parks. The time of the discussions on which seed mixture to use and which flowers to plant to “save the bees”. There are initiatives focussing flowering road verges, others on connecting habitats […]

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honey bee viruses, CBPV

1 June 2020

Honey bee viruses didn’t seem to be a major issue for a long time. At least, they weren’t in the focus of beekeepers – and not that many bee scientists either. This changed quite a bit: first, the varroa mite transmitted the Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) leading to one of the most prominent symptoms of […]

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bee research, sour cherry, pollination

18 May 2020

Bee research means being outside – at least in my case. For me, it also means travelling a lot. I do most of my studies in Italy and Spain. Sometimes also in other European countries like Austria, France or the UK. BeeSafe – i.e. my whole business – is built on my capacity to travel: […]

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pollinator declines, habitat, bees

6 March 2020

Pollinator decline is quite present in people’s minds in the past years. However, there’s still a lack of consciousness in an essential point: not all pollinators are the same. Not all regions are the same. Finally, not every measure to help pollinators is right for all species and/or regions. This seems trivial if you’re dealing […]

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engineered bacteria, varroa treatments, bee health

14 February 2020

The finding that engineered bacteria could help against varroa and the Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) made a big buzz. These bacteria, Snodgrassella alvi, live naturally in the bee gut. Leonard et al. modified them to produce double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), which should interfere with crucial viral and varroa genes. Sounds crazy. But let’s go step by […]

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