24 December 2021

Another year has come to an end and it’s time for some rest. BeeSafe is signing off for a while and will be back with more content and bee science in the New Year. Take care and stay healthy. Dr. Claudia Garrido

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keeping healthy bees

10 December 2021

Honey bee health is the main topic of my work. My concept of this has changed over the years. I started as a Master student looking at parasites of solitary bees. Then I made my PhD thesis on the reproductive regulation of Varroa mites. These things were quite separated for me, the common point being…

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bee viruses

26 November 2021

Bee viruses became a hot topic in the past years when talking about bee health. Especially DWV – as an associate with varroa mites. It’s one of the few viral infections in honey bees with clear symptoms. Though… you see them when it’s already to late. Crippled wings are a symptom not only for the…

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keeping healthy bees

13 November 2021

Oxalic acid treatments against varroa mites are both efficient against the parasite as well safe for the bee colonies. Efficiency and safety – those are the most important criteria for a bee health product. Or for any drug in veterinary of human use, for that matter. Oxalic acid was used in Asia and Eastern Europe…

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pollination and human health, social bees, climate change

23 July 2021

Pollination and human health are closely linked. I like to say that we get full without pollinators, but healthy only with them. Of course, human health – like bee health – depends on many factors. But as you all know: Healthy nutrition is an important part of it. This insight also arrived in human medicine…

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bee habitat, meadow

25 June 2021

Agriculture and gardens are important elements in the discussions about bee habitat. Usually, they’re presented as a contrast: “More bee diversity in gardens than in farmland!” and similar headlines are quite common. This may be even true in some cases. There are studies showing this, and I’ve talked about simplified landscapes and their risks to…

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