Forthcoming Publication: Bees in Europe and Sustainable Honey Production (BEE SHOP)
please note the forthcoming publication of the book:
Bees in Europe and Sustainable Honey Production (BEE SHOP): Results of a Pan-European Research Network
This book summarizes the achievements of BEE SHOP, a network of nine leading European honeybee research groups, following an EU call in 2005 to promote European honeybee health and honey quality. The prime goal was to reduce potential sources of honey contamination by developing a biological resistance to the main pressing parasites and pathogens (American Foulbrood, Varroa, Varroa-transmitted viruses). To reach this goal, BEE SHOP applied a multifactorial approach including:
1) the development of tools to access honey quality and authenticity
2) the study of antimicrobial properties of plant and bee derived compounds
3) the assessment of variance among pathogen virulence and transmission and resistance in the honeybee
4) the mapping of major genes in honeybees controlling disease susceptibility to allow for marker assisted breeding programs
5) the screening of European honeybee races and populations for their disease resistance potential and
6) the evaluation if aversive learning can be a tool to control foraging behaviour of honeybees.
BEE SHOP has enhanced the knowledge about honeybee diseases and developed a number of new tools and ideas for further research.
The beneficiary of this book will be the Eurbee conference (secretary Robert Paxton, www.eurbee2012.uni-halle.de).
Thanks for your interest.
Dieter Behrens & Robin F. A. Moritz (Edit.)