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Detecting the Pathogen that Threatens European Honey Bees

Objective

Honey bees are extremely important to the economy of European agriculture and are worth billions of euros as honey producers and crop pollinators. Pollination is also of considerable importance to the environment. However, the fate of the European honey bees is seriously compromised and, with it, the beekeeping sector. Massive deaths of honey bees have taken place all over Europe and the USA. While the spread of a new pathogen, Nosema ceranae, is thought to be linked to bee depopulation episodes, there are currently no diagnostic tests for this species adapted to the needs of beekeepers. Consequently, there is an urgent and timely need to develop methods to help beekeepers detect for this virulent pathogen, so as to control its spread and reduce its dramatic economic impact on the beekeeping sector. The beekeeping associations of this proposal are determined to develop this diagnostic tool and to disseminate its use at European level. These goals will be achieved through the present CLEANHIVE project through the development of a diagnostic kit that will combine the robustness and specificity of lateral flow assays with the sensitivity and data management achieved with optical readers. This diagnostic tool will be designed following beekeeper’s needs in terms of portability, sensitivity and cost. The CLEANHIVE diagnostic assay will not only allow the control of the spread of N. ceranae, but also will ensure the continuity of the beekeeping sector and the benefits of pollination to the European economy.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/apiculture
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 57 437,76
Administrative Contact
Albert Nieto (Mr.)

Participants (14)

NATIONAL BEE BRANCH ASSOCIATION
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 221 278,79
Address
Sq 1 Macedonia Office 3
1000 Sofia
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Plamen Veselinov Ivanov (Mr.)
FEDERAZIONE APICOLTORI ITALIANI

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 16 192,07
Address
Corso Vittorio Emanuele Ii 101
00186 Roma
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Raffaele Cirone (Dr.)
ASOCIACION CULTURAL VALLE DE HISTORIA Y MIEL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 274 826,31
Address
Plaza Diputacion Provincial 1-1
46620 Ayora
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Teresa Pastor Hernandez (Ms.)
Orszagos Magyar Meheszeti Egyesulet
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 201 731,57
Address
Viola Ut 50
1094 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Bross (Mr.)
BIMEX ENGINEERING SA
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 269 406,17
Address
"Sq""academic Petar Dinekov"" 8"
4004 Plovdiv
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ivan Stoianov Angelov (Mr.)
Sociedad Cooperativa Apicola de Espana
Spain
EU contribution
€ 203 462,04
Address
Poligono Industrial San Anton
46620 Ayora
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Felix Campos (Mr.)
BALTA ES BALTA KERESKEDELMI ES SZOLGALTATO KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 255 659,82
Address
Ady Endre Utca 9
2114 Valko
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laszlo Balta (Mr.)
FORSITE DIAGNOSTICS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 214 986,70
Address
Block 21, Sand Hutton
YO41 1LZ York
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christopher Danks (Mr.)
VITA EUROPE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 219 808,90
Address
Wote Street 21-23
RG21 7NE Basingstoke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Max Watkins (Dr.)
APPLIED RESEARCH USING OMIC SCIENCES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 186 715,43
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carmen Plasencia (Dr.)
Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 30 350,25
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Neil Boonham (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 27 072
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aranzazu Mena Mañes (Dr.)
ACACIA S.R.L.

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 7 575,57
Address
Corso Vittorio Emanuele Ii 101
00186 Rome
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicola Caputo (Mr.)
Federacao Nacional dos Apicultores de Portugal
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 276 109,55
Address
Av. Do Colégio Militar, Lote 1786
1549-012 LISBOA Lisboa
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Joao Diogo Guanilho De Freitas Casaca (Mr.)