What’s new in honey bee research in 2020? – a talk by Norman Carreck
August 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This event is a virtual event, hosted on Zoom.
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Non-members are welcome to attend, for a small fee of £3, and may register using the link below.
Norman Carreck NDB
Norman Carreck has been keeping bees for forty years, and has been a bee research scientist for twenty nine. He has lectured about bees on all continents where bees are kept, has written many scientific papers, book chapters, conference contributions and popular articles, has edited several books and regularly appeared in the media in many countries. He is a director of Carreck Consultancy Ltd and Bee Publishing Ltd. and is based at the University of Sussex, UK.
What’s new in Honey Bee research in 2020?
Since the start of 2020, more than 500 papers about honey bees have been published in refereed scientific journals. I will talk about a few new papers that I have found particularly useful. I will then talk about three projects that I am currently personally involved in. The first is the completion of Volume III of the COLOSS BEEBOOK on hive products, and looking forward to the next volume covering research on the eastern hive bee Apis cerana. Secondly, the INSIGNIA project aims to design and test a scientifically proven citizen science environmental monitoring protocol for the detection of pesticides via honey bees. 2020 is year two of the project, with scientists in nine European countries collecting pollen from colonies and using a novel in-hive passive sampler to monitor pesticides. In England nine citizen scientist beekeepers are monitoring two of their colonies ten times this season. Finally, the global Covid-19 crisis has affected many aspects of our lives, but what effect is it having on bee research? I will discuss the results of a survey of COLOSS members carried out during May 2020 to document the effects of the pandemic on bee research and extension activities, and suggest mitigation measures.