RB is engaged in research on the honey bee. His major research interests are: Fundamental research in physiology - metabolism - behavior - nutrition of social insects - the honey bee in particular. Since 2008 coordinator of the survey of winter losses of honey bee colonies in Austria - research on identification of associated risk factors and on colony dynamics. Since 2013 executive committee member of COLOSS (www.coloss.org). Since 2014 Co-chair of the international Colony losses monitoring group of COLOSS - together with Alison Gray. Experience in citizen science projects: C.S.I. Pollen - Citizen scientist investigation on pollen diversity forage available to honey bees. An international study coordinated by Sjef van der Steen and Robert Brodschneider. Member of the Citizen Science Association (http://citizenscienceassociation.org). Editor of Bee World (https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tbee20/current).
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Honey bee colony loss rates in 37 countries...

Abstract This article presents managed honey bee colony loss rates over winter 2019/20 resulting from using the standardised COLOSS questionnaire in 37 countries. Six countries were from outside Europe, including, for the first time in this series of articles, New Zealand. The 30,491 beekeepers outside New Zealand reported 4.5% of colonies with unsolvable queen problems,…

PhD position (m/f/d) in Animal Ecology, Germany

Foraging ecology of Asian honey bees Background: The ecology of the Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) has been studied in some detail, but next to nothing is known about the foraging ecology and mechanisms of coexistence of Asian honey bee species (A. cerana, A. dorsata, A. florea). Further, it is unknown how the large-scale transformation…

A Special Issue on COLOSS!

Bee World, Volume 99, Issue 1 is a special issue on the honey bee research association COLOSS. This issue contains 11 articles written by key members of all COLOSS core projects and task forces. Thanks to some authors institutions and the support of COLOSS all articles are permanently freely available and can be found here.…

Joining Forces across Continents: The 1st SOLATINA–COLOSS Conference

Introduction The first SOLATINA-COLOSS meeting took place virtually on September 22, 2021. The event was set up with the aim of promoting collaboration between the two societies. SoLatInA (SOciedad LATinoamericana de INvestigación en Abejas; www.solatina.org) is the Latin American Society for Bee Research based in Montevideo, Uruguay, founded in 2017 with the objectives of contributing…

PhD position in honeybee ecology

Background: Honeybees are fascinating social insects, provide pollination services for major crops and many wild plant species, and beekeeping allows the harvest of honey and other valuable products. Land use intensification, climate change, limited availability of floral food resources, and new pests and parasites have change environmental conditions for honeybees and are linked to periodically…

A citizen science supported study on seasonal diversity...

Robert Brodschneider Kristina Gratzer, Elfriede Kalcher-Sommersguter, Helmut Heigl, Waltraud Auer, Rudolf Moosbeckhofer & Karl Crailsheim Scientific Reports volume 9, Article number: 16633 (2019) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-53016-5 Austrian beekeepers participated in the “C.S.I. Pollen” study as citizen scientists and collected pollen from honey bee colonies in hive mounted traps every three weeks from April to September in 2014 and 2015 to…