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Nourishing PRObiotics to Bees to Mitigate Stressors

Nourishing PRObiotics to Bees to Mitigate Stressors

Objective

In the last decades, bees have been threatened by a number of biotic and abiotic stresses, which strongly affect beehives
integrity. Consequently, the beekeeping sector together with ecosystem and agricultural sectors depending on pollinators
suffer of missed pollination. Nosema ceranae is a bee gut parasite that has received particular attention in the last years
because it causes bee colonies to collapse due to energy and nutrient deficiency. Furthermore, the bee gut microbiota
undergoes a dysbiosis process following infection. N. ceranae virulence in infected bees escalates when forager bees
uptake sub-lethal doses of insecticides such as Neonicotinoids from the polluted agricultural environment surrounding the
hive. The European Union banning of antibiotics for therapeutic use in the beekeeping sector approved in 2001 has deprived
beekeepers of Fumagillin-B, the sole antibiotic previously available to control Nosema sp.. The need to find alternative
treatments to fight bee diseases has led researchers to the study of ecofriendly practices. Our proposed research aims to
develop a strategy for the health of the bee gut based on microbial and plant resources to inhibit N. ceranae proliferation and
to mitigate the effect of synergic bee stressors. The project will be developed by a consortium formed by 4 research
institutions and 3 SMEs of 3 different European countries and a third country (Argentina). Research
institutions will do the experimental work on bees aimed at the definition of a strategy based on the use of beneficial bacteria
and plant extracts and at the evaluation of the impact on the bee gut of the developed formulation. SMEs will contribute to
the choice of the ingredients of the prototype formulation and at finding a strategy to produce it. ESR and ER will perform
secondments in research institutions and SMEs to facilitate transfer of knowledge between the research and production
sector.
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Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

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Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 94 500

Participants (6)

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TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 63 000

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 40 500

UNIVERSITA TA MALTA

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

PROBIOTICAL SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 40 500

ADVANCE SCIENCE (FORBAIRT EOLAIOCHTA TEO) LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 31 500

NUTRI BIOTECH SERVICES LTD

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 31 500

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CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 777760

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 346 500

  • EU contribution

    € 346 500

Coordinated by:

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy