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Sustainable Management of Resilient Bee populations

Objective

Global apiculture is facing an unprecedented crisis of increasing parasite pressure and a loss of hon-eybee biodiversity. SMARTBEES unites a team of experts with the necessary skills to build a bright and sustainable future. The SMARTBEES concept is low risk and high impact, using established protocols and state-of-the-art methods. Including world leading researchers from outwith the traditional honeybee sphere (e.g. acarology, genetic breeding and insect immunology). We will identify crucial facets of honeybee resistance to colony losses, Varroa and viruses. We will provide a step-change in the current mechanistic understanding of these traits, and will characterise the genetic background of the resistance mechanisms in honeybees. We will develop breeding strategies to increase the frequencies of these valuable traits in local honeybee populations, considering the variable need of both common and endangered subspecies and local beekeeping practises. Breeding efforts concentrating on very few races may endanger genetic diversity, to avoid this SMARTBEES will promote multiple local breeding efforts, to conserve local resilient populations and will develop molecular tools for describing and safeguarding future populations. SMARTBEES recognizes responsibility to protect our natural honeybee heritage. SMARTBEES will commission extension science, and work in cooperation with stakeholders to attain conservation by utilisation. SMARTBEES will establish a network of apiaries for performance testing, to encourage local uptake of resistant traits. These will be run mainly by beekeepers, thereby improving the local acceptability and dissemination, and support the long-term sustainability of the apicultural sector. SMARTBEES recognises the need to horizon scan for new threats, and the consortium includes the current EU reference laboratory to that end. SMARTBEES is an opportunity to make a lasting difference to the health, resilience and genetic diversity of our honeybees.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/apiculture

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

LANDERINSTITUT FUR BIENENKUNDE HOHEN NEUENDORF EV
Address
Friedrich Engels Strasse 32
16540 Hohen Neuendorf
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 872 310,85
Administrative Contact
Kaspar Bienefeld (Prof.)

Participants (16)

AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA SECURITE SANITAIRE DE L ALIMENTATION DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DU TRAVAIL
France
EU contribution
€ 281 311,08
Address
14 Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie
94700 Maisons Alfort
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Martial Mettendorff (Mr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 885 680,20
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annette Drewsen Jensen (Ms.)
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 154 200
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stella Fanou (Mrs.)
CONSULTECH TECHNOLOGIEBERATUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 261 120
Address
Morgensternstrasse 24
12207 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Schubart (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 354 333,68
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Charo Sánchez (Mrs.)
Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 35 330,66
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
Giles Budge (Dr.)
GENOSKAN A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 1 002 800
Address
Niels Pedersens Alle 2
8830 Tjele
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rikke K Vingborg (Mrs.)
INSTITUTUL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTAREPENTRU APICULTURA SA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 140 239
Address
Bulevard Ficusului Sector 1 42
013975 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eliza Cauia (Mrs.)
INSTYTUT OGRODNICTWA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 97 110
Address
Ul. Konstytucji 3 Maja Nr 1/3
96 100 Skierniewice
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Agnieszka Pelka (Mrs.)
HESSISCHES MINISTERIUM FÜR UMWELT, KLIMASCHUTZ, LANDWIRTSCHAFT UND VERBRAUCHERSCHUTZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 381 100
Address
Mainzer Strasse 80
65189 Wiesbaden
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ralph Büchler (Dr.)
NORGES BIROKTERLAG FORENING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 255 400
Address
Dyrskuevegen 20
2040 Klofta
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Bjørn Dahle (Dr.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 85 200
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inga-Britt Bohlin (Mrs.)
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 314 626,80
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerry Kidd (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 264 450
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudia Pone (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 316 354
Address
Via Palladio 8
33100 Udine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marinella D'antoni (Dr.)
FERA SCIENCE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 297 299,73
Address
30 Berners Street
W1T 3LR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christina Steveni (Dr.)