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NEW SMR Protocol

NEW SMR ProtocolScreening for low Varroa mite reproduction (SMR) and recapping in European honey beesRead More



Research Network of Sustainable Bee Breeding Spring Workshop - Krakow, Poland 2-3 March 2017

Research Network of Sustainable Bee Breeding Spring Workshop - Krakow, Poland 2-3 March 2017The main topics of the meeting include the results of the VSH common experiment (season 2016), the presentation of results and discussion the Varroa reproduction paper and update and discussion of the Popular Bee Book project: “Sustainable bee breeding: why and how”. Read More



OBITUARY - Dr Hermann Pechhacker (13.03.1939-10.07.2016)

OBITUARY - Dr Hermann Pechhacker (13.03.1939-10.07.2016)The news of the death of Hermann Pechhacker came as a surprise and has left us mourning. Over the last few years, we had seen that Hermann had not recovered from an urgently needed operation as fast as he and we had hoped.Read More



Research Network of Sustainable Bee Breeding Spring Workshop - Bee Institute Kirchhain, Germany, February 9-10, 2015

The purpose of the workshop is to plan and coordinate our common activities in the field of breeding and conservation of honey bees. Ongoing activities include work on a popular version of BeeBook chapters for breeders and beekeepers, field experiments on Varroa sensitive hygiene (VSH), and projects in the field of biodiversity and conservation of honey bees.

 

Source: www.coloss.org

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Testing for Varroa sensitive hygiene – VSH

Testing for Varroa sensitive hygiene – VSH

Newly released RNSBB research protocol for Testing for Varroa sensitive hygiene – VSH

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Best for bees to be stay at homes

Best for bees to be stay at homes

Local bees manage better than imported bees, according to scientists from Aarhus University (source: Science Codex)

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A review of methods used in some European countries for assessing the quality of honey bee queens through their physical characters and the performance of their colonies

It is generally believed that a high quality queen should have the following physical characteristics: high live weight, high number of ovarioles, large size of spermatheca, high number of spermatozoa in spermatheca, and be free from diseases and pests. We also know that the performance of a honey bee colony is the result of its queen’s characteristics which include those of the drones that mated with her. The two characteristics are usually considered together and give a general picture of the queen production technique and selection. In a review article soon to be published in  Journal of Apicultural Research (2014) we have described the most common and well known anatomical, physiological, behavioural and performance characters related to the queens

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Journal of Apicultural Research (JAR) - GEI special Issue 2014

Honey bee genotypes and the environment (PRESS RELEASE) - Norman Carreck

 

In recent years, much attention has been focused on the global problem of honey bee colony losses. Among the many explanations for these losses, variability in the genetic makeup and vitality of honey bee populations might help to explain some of the variability in honey bee colony losses experienced in different regions. This has led to the innovative honey bee Genotype-Environment Interactions (GEI) experiment carried out my members of the international honey bee research association COLOSS. The results are published today in a Special Issue of the Journal of Apicultural Research. 

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COLOSS Training School on Queen Quality and Breeding

COLOSS Training School on Queen Quality and Breeding

Thessaloniki, 2-4 March 2014

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CONFERENCE ON APIS MELLIFERA MACEDONICA

CONFERENCE ON APIS MELLIFERA MACEDONICA

The very first conference dedicated to conservation and improvement of the Macedonian honey bee subspecies (Apis mellifera macedonica) was held on 14th of December 2013 in Skopje, Macedonia.  

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