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Spotlight: BEE DOC

COLOSS works in close collaboration with the research consortium BEE DOC to disseminate information related to honey bee health, as well as to coordinate the wikiCOLOSS BEEBOOK on the COLOSS website (coloss.org/beebook).

BEE DOC, funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme, has spent the past 4 years studying honey bee health, specifically the potential impact of interactions among parasites, pathogens, and pesticides on honey bees.

As the consortium agreement reaches an end, a number of major outcomes and achievements can be highlighted:
  • The mite Varroa destructor, in combination with viruses, is the main threat to honey bee colony survival in Europe.
  • Interactions among parasites, pathogens, and pesticides can impact individual honey bee health.
  • Gut parasites Nosema spp. can also affect honey bee health, but are not major stressors
Additional Specific Achievements:
  • Identified gene expression profiles and novel resistance genes for Nosema ceranae.
  • Identified bacteria that promote honey bee survivorship.
  • Developed two honey bee health diagnostic tools.
  • Determined suppression of mite reproduction conveys resistance to Varroa mites.

BEE DOC members met in Halle, Germany in February to finalize reports
and to discuss knowledge transfer.

9th COLOSS Conference

When: 27 (EC Meeting Evening) & 28 september 2013
Where: International Exhibition Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine

Topic: International meeting of the COLOSS network, providing
an update on losses and the factors involved.

Further information and registration: download PDF

The BEEBOOK is here!

COLOSS announces the first articles of the COLOSS BEEBOOK: Standard methods in Apis mellifera research are now available as Open Access online. They form sections of Volumes I and II that will appear as hard-copies in the spring.

The 13 articles include:
• Cell cultures (Genersch et al., 2013)
• Colony strength parameters (Delaplane et al., 2013)
• Hoarding cage studies (Williams et al., 2013)
• Artificial larval rearing (Crailsheim et al., 2013)
• Physiology and biochemistry (Hartfelder et al., 2013)
• Rearing queens (Büchler et al., 2013)
• Epidemiology (vanEngelsdorp et al., 2013)
• Varroa (Dietemann et al., 2013)
• Wax moth (Ellis et al., 2013)
• American foulbrood (de Graaf et al., 2013)
• European foulbrood (Forsgren et al., 2013)
• Fungi (Jensen et al., 2013)
• Nosema (Fries et al., 2013)