Cecilia Costa

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InstitutionConsiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria – Unità di ricerca di apicoltura e bachicoltura
Postal addressVia di saliceto, 80
Office phone00390522285532
Job /  professional statusResearcher
Preferred COLOSS theme(s)   Diversity & Conservation
COLOSS Project(s)   Beekeeping
COLOSS Taskforce(s)   Sustainable bee breeding
Research interestsBreeding and selection
 Conservation of genetic diversity
 Control strategies for bee diseases and parasites
PublicationsMeixner M, Kryger P, Costa C (2015) Effects of genotype, environment, and their interactions on honey bee health in Europe. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 10 (8): 177–184. doi:10.1016/j.cois.2015.05.010.

Costa C, Lodesani M, Ridolfi F (2015) Queen rearing and bee breeding in Italy: a brief history and an overview, with a focus on sourcing stock for the U.S.. American Bee Journal, March: 305-309.

Hatjina F, Bieńkowska M, Charistos L, Chlebo R, Costa C, Dražić MM, Filipi J, Gregorc A, Ivanova EN, Kezić N, Kopernicky J, Kryger P, Lodesani M, Lokar V, Mladenovic M, Panasiuk B, Petrov PP, Rašić S, Skerl MIS, Vejsnæs F, Wilde J. (2014) 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. Journal of Apicultural Research,. 53 (3): 337-363. 10.3896/IBRA.

Kovac H, Käfer H, Stabentheiner A, Costa C (2014) Metabolism and upper thermal limits of Apis mellifera carnica and A. m. ligustica. Apidologie, 45(6): 664-677. 10.1007/s13592-014-0284-3.
Bortolotti, L & Costa, C (2014) Chemical Communication in the Honeybee Society, in: Neurobiology of chemical communication. Mucignat, C. & Caretta Ed. Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL. pp.143–206.
Meixner MD, Büchler R, Costa C, Francis RM, Hatjina F, Kryger P, Uzunov A, Carreck NL (2014) Honey bee genotypes and the environment 53(2): 183- 187. 10.3896/IBRA.

Uzunov, A., Costa, C., Panasiuk, B., Meixner, M., Kryger, P., Hatjina, F., Bouga, M., Andonov, A., Bienkowska, M., Le Conte, Y., Wilde, J., Gerula, D., Kiprijanovska, H., Filipi, J., Petrov, P., Ruottinen, L., Pechhacker, H., Berg, S., Dyrba, W., Ivanova, E., Büchler, R. (2014) Swarming, defensive and hygienic behaviour in honey bee colonies of different genetic origin in a pan-European experiment. Journal of Apicultural Research, 53(2): 248-260. 10.3896/IBRA.

Francis RM, Kryger P, Meixner MD, Bouga M, Ivanova E, Andonov S, Berg S, Bienkowska M, Büchler R, Charistos L, Costa C, Dyrba W, Hatjina F, Panasiuk B, Pechhacker H, Kezic N, Korpela S, Le Conte Y, Uzunov A, Wilde J, (2014) The genetic origin of honey bee colonies used in the COLOSS Genotype-Environment-Interactions experiment: a comparison of methods Journal of Apicultural Research, 53(2): 188- 204. http://dx.doi.org/10.3896/IBRA.

Büchler R; Costa C, Hatjina F, Andonov S, Meixner MD, Le Conte Y, Uzunov A, Berg S, Bienkowska M, Bouga M, Drazic M, Dyrba W, Kryger P, Panasiuk B, Pechhacker H, Petrov P, Kezic N, Korpela S, Wilde J (2014) The influence of genetic origin and its interaction with environmental effects on the survival of Apis mellifera L. colonies in Europe. Journal of Apicultural Research, 53(2): 205- 214. http://dx.doi.org/10.3896/IBRA.

Meixner MD, Francis RM, Gajda A, Kryger P, Andonov S, Uzunov A, Topolska G, Costa C, Amiri E, Berg S, Bienkowska M, Bouga M, Büchler R, Dyrba W, Gurgulova K, Hatjina F, Ivanova E, Janes M, Kezic N, Korpela S, Le Conte Y, Panasiuk B, Pechhacker H, Tsoktouridis G, Vaccari G, Wilde J (2014) Occurrence of parasites and pathogens in honey bee colonies used in a European genotype- environment interactions experiment. Journal of Apicultural Research, 53(2): 215- 229. 10.3896/IBRA.

Francis, R M; Amiri, E; Meixner, M D; Kryger, P; Gajda, A; Andonov, S; Uzunov, A; Topolska, G; Charistos, L; Costa, C; Berg, S; Bienkowska, M; Bouga, M; Büchler, R; Dyrba, W; Hatjina; F; Ivanova, E; Kezić, N; Korpela, S; Le Conte, Y; Panasiuk, B; Pechhacker, H; Tsoktouridis, G; Wilde, J (2014) Effect of genotype and environment on parasite and pathogen levels in one apiary - a case study. Journal of Apicultural Research 53(2): 230-232.

Hatjina, F & Costa, C; Büchler, R; Uzunov, A; Drazic, M; Filipi, J; Charistos, L; Ruottinen, L; Andonov, S; Meixner, M D; Bienkowska, M; Dariusz, G; Panasiuk, B; Le Conte, Y; Wilde, J; Berg, S; Bouga, M; Dyrba, W; Kiprijanovska, H; Korpela, S; Kryger, P; Lodesani, M; Pechhacker, M; Petrov, P; Kezic, N (2014) Population dynamics of European honey bee genotypes under different environmental conditions. Journal of Apicultural Research, 53(2): 233-247. http://dx.doi.org/10.3896/IBRA.

Lodesani M, Costa C, Besana A, Dall’Olio R, Tesoriero D, Giacomo Vaccari G (2014) Impact of control strategies for Varroa destructor on colony survival and health in Northern and Central Italian regions, Journal of Apicultural Research, 53 (1): 155-164.

Williams, G R; Alaux, C; Costa, C; Csaki T; Doublet V; Eisenhardt, D; Fries, I; Kuhn, R, Mcmahon, D P; Medrzycki, P; Murray, T E; Natsopoulou, M E; Neumann P; Oliver, R; Paxton, R J; Pernal, S F; Shutler, D; Tanner, G; Van Der Steen, J J M; Brodschneider; R. (2012) Standard methods for maintaining adult Apis mellifera in cages under in vitro laboratory conditions. In: Dietemann, V; Ellis, J D; Neumann, P (Eds) The COLOSS BEEBOOK: standard methods for Apis mellifera research. Journal of Apicultural Research, 52(1): DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

Büchler, R; Andonov, S; Bienefeld, K; Costa, C.; Hatjina, F; Kezic, N; Kryger, P; Spivak, M; Uzunov, A; Wilde, J Queen rearing and selection. In: Dietemann, V; Ellis, J D; Neumann, P (Eds) The COLOSS BEEBOOK: standard methods for Apis mellifera research. Journal of Apicultural Research, 52(1): DOI 10.3896/IBRA.

Costa C., Büchler R., Berg S., Bienkowska M., Bouga M., Bubalo D, Charistos L., Le Conte Y., Drazic M., Dyrba W., Fillipi J., Hatjina F., Ivanova E., Kezic N, Kiprjanovska H., Kokinis M., Korpela S., Kryger P., Lodesani M., Meixner M., Panasiuk B., Pechhacker H., Petrov P., Oliveri E., Ruottinen L., Uzunov A., Vaccari G., Wilde J. (2012) A Europe-wide experiment for assessing the impact of genotype-environment interactions on the vitality of honey bee colonies: methodology. Journal of Apicultural Science, 56 (1): 147-158.

Costa C., Lodesani M., Bienefeld K. (2012) Differences in colony phenotypes across different origins and locations: evidence for genotype by environment interactions in the Italian honeybee (Apis mellifera ligustica)?. Apidologie, 43 (6): 634-642. DOI: 10.1007/s13592-012-0138-9

Costa C., Tanner, G., Lodesani M., Maistrello L., Neumann P. (2011) - Negative correlation between Nosema ceranae spore loads and deformed wing virus infection levels in adult honey bee workers. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 108 (3): 224-225.

Costa C., Lodesani M., Maistrello L. (2010) - Effect of thymol and resveratrol administered with candy or syrup on the development of Nosema ceranae (Apis mellifera L.) artificially infected honey bees Apidologie 41 (2): in press. (DOI: 10.1051/apido/2009070)

Mutinelli F., Costa C., Lodesani M., Baggio A., Medrzycki P., Formato G., Porrini C. (2010) - Honey bee colony losses in Italy. Journal of Apicultural Research 49 (1): 119-120.

Meixner D.M., Costa C., Kryger P., Hatjina F., Bouga M., Ivanova E., Büchler R. (2010) - Conserving diversity and vitality for honey bee breeding. . Journal of Apicultural Research 49 (1): 85-92.

Jaffé R., Dietemann V., Allsopp M.H., Costa C., Crewe R.M., Dall’Olio R., De la Rúa P., El-Niweiri M.A.A., Fries I., Kezic N., Meusel M.S., Paxton R.J., Shaibi T., Stolle E. and Moritz R.F.A. (2010) – Estimating the density of honeybee colonies across their natural range to fill the gap in pollinator decline censuses. Conservation Biology 24(2): 583-593. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01331.x

Lodesani M., Costa C., Franceschetti S., Massi S., Olivi P. (2009) - Ligustica e Buckfast a confronto: risultati di una sperimentazione di campo. Mondo Agricolo – Apimondia Italia 3: 14-19; Apimondia 4/5: 23-27.

Lodesani M., Costa C., Franceschetti S. (2008) - Mortalità degli alveari: rilevamenti e ipotesi alternative in zone non interessate da avvelenamenti. Dati di un monitoraggio in alcune province dell’Emilia-Romagna: Apoidea 5: 117-124.

Lodesani M., Costa C. (2008) - Le valutazioni genetiche delle api regine nell'ambito dell'Albo nazionale degli allevatori. Mondo Agricolo – Apimondia Italia 17: 14-17.

Previtali C., Bongioni G., Costa C., Lodesani M., Galli A. (2008) - Observation by microsatellite DNA analysis of sperm usage in naturally mated honeybee queens (Apis mellifera ligustica) over a period of two years. Italian Journal of Animal Science; 7:465-478

Lodesani M., Costa C. (2008) - Maximizing the control efficacy of a thymol-based product against the mite Varroa destructor by increasing the air space in the hive. Journal of Apicultural Research and Bee World 47: 113–117.

Maistrello L., Lodesani M., Costa C., Leonardi F., Marani G., Caldon M., Mutinelli F., Granato A. (2008) - Screening of natural compounds for the control of nosema disease in honeybees (Apis mellifera). Apidologie 39: 436-445 .

Lodesani M., Costa C., Serra G., Colombo R., Sabatini A.G. (2008) - Acaricide residues in beeswax after conversion to organic beekeeping methods. Apidologie 39: 324-333. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/apido:2008012

Costa C., Lodesani M., Serra G., Colombo R. (2006) – Monitoraggio di residui di acaricidi in cera italiana. Apoidea 1: 10-17.

Lodesani M., Costa C. (2005) - Limits of chemotherapy in beekeeping: development of resistance and the problem of residues. Bee World 86 (4):102-109.

Lodesani M., Costa C. (2005) – La biodiversità in apicoltura: principi di genetica e conservazione. Guida teorica e pratica per un’apicoltura sostenibile. A cura di M. Lodesani e C.Costa. Ed. Avenue Media.

Lodesani M., Costa C. (2005) - Beekeeping and conserving biodiversity of honeybees. M. Lodesani & C. Costa Editors. Northern Bee Books, Hebden Bridge (UK).

Lodesani M., Costa C. (2003) "Bee breeding and genetics in Europe" Bee World 84 (2): 69-85.