“WHY RESEARCHERS DO NOT LISTEN AND BEEKEEPERS CAN NOT READ MAPS? WHY WE ARE SO DIFFERENT AND WHAT TO DO TO TAKE GOOD”.
Apoidea. Spin-off from University of Córdoba.
“To show his love for her, he climbed the steep mountain, he delved into the deepest ocean and crossed from one end to the widest desert in the world. She decided to leave him because he was never home”. (He is a researcher and she is a beekeeper). Adapted from Allan and Barbara Pease.
I have worked for over 20 years in development and beekeeping programs in Bolivia and Spain. As technician, researcher and beekeeper. The following comments are about that experience.
Starting point: two different worlds required to understand. Researchers generate knowledge, and tries to answer why. It does not always offer solutions and practical applications. Their main interest is the publication in impact journals. Largely influenced by the funding, public or private. Producers are very focused on solutions and practical applications. Find answers to how, when and where. Their purpose is to produce and market. It is largely influenced by social organization and commercial structure of the sector.
In the same way, the health in beekeeping has five levels of defense or actions: bees, beekeeper, veterinarian / beekeeping technician, lab of diagnosis and researching. From all these, the veterinarian / beekeeping technician has a close knowledge about the actual management (historical and clinical data) that beekeepers conducted on bee colonies locally. The lab of diagnosis, in this sense, would be a tool for the veterinary assistant in doubtful cases and researching would be an attempt to solve new problems and establishing new protocols.
Therefore, it is proposed to strengthen the function of vets and technicians in research and development projects. They can be as a bridge, to get two-way connection and translation between these two paradigms. In this sense, several examples can be considered.