Standardized methods for honey bee testing in hoarding cages

This workshop is in line with the present need to extend standardization efforts to the different research fields in which honey bees are kept in laboratory conditions. The final aim is to improve the comparability of experimental results and to examine the possibility of producing standard protocols specific for different tests that could be included in the BEE BOOK.
When Nov 25, 2010 09:00 AM to Nov 26, 2010 05:00 PM (Etc/Greenwich )
Where Bologna, Italy
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The following issues will be discussed:

 
1 – Observations on ADULT BEES
1a – Stress/wellbeing assessment
1b – Longevity tests
1c – Toxicity of medicaments for the bees
1d – Toxicity of environmental contaminants (pesticides etc.)
 
2 – Observations on PATHOGENS
2a – Development of infections
2b – Efficacy of medicaments for the bees
 
3 – Comparisons: REARING CONDITIONS AND MATERIAL

3a - Kind of cage (material, size, hygiene)

3b – Incubation conditions (T, RH, light, precision required for each)

3c - Origin and age of bees

3d - Practical procedures of bee handling (bee collection and anaesthetization)

3e - Kind and mode of feeding

3f – Administration modes of the tested factors (individual / collective inoculation / intoxication)

3g - Duration of test

 
4 – STATISTICS

4a - Number of bees per cage

4b - Number of repetitions and replicates

4c – Experimental setup (problem of autocorrelation in longevity tests)

4d – Observation classes (definition of “dead bee”)

 

5 - RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LAB AND FIELD RESULTS