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Sustainable Management of Resilient Bee populations

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.

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)

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AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA SECURITE SANITAIRE DE L ALIMENTATION DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DU TRAVAIL

France

EU Contribution

€ 281 311,08

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 885 680,20

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 154 200

CONSULTECH TECHNOLOGIEBERATUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 261 120

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 354 333,68

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 35 330,66

GENOSKAN A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 1 002 800

INSTITUTUL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTAREPENTRU APICULTURA SA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 140 239

INSTYTUT OGRODNICTWA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 97 110

HESSISCHES MINISTERIUM FÜR UMWELT, KLIMASCHUTZ, LANDWIRTSCHAFT UND VERBRAUCHERSCHUTZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 381 100

NORGES BIROKTERLAG FORENING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 255 400

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 85 200

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 314 626,80

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 264 450

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 316 354

FERA SCIENCE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 297 299,73

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613960

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2014

  • End date

    31 October 2018

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 762 260,70

  • EU contribution

    € 5 998 866

Coordinated by:

LANDERINSTITUT FUR BIENENKUNDE HOHEN NEUENDORF EV

Germany