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Beehealth Guru Smartphone Application

A new smartphone application is being developed by Jerry Bromenshenk and crew at Bee Alert Technology, Missoula, MT.  A Kickstarter funding project has been mounted for the month of May 2019 in an effort to internationalize the effort. Every beekeeper should participate in this for a better outcome for their bees: https://beekeep.info/articles/if-bees-could-talk-kickstarter-program/ Malcolm T. Sanford…

Extraction and characterization of chitin from the invasive Asian hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax

Since first being detected in France in 2005, the invasive yellow-legged hornet, Vespa velutina nigrithorax Lepeletier, 1836 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), has spread rapidly and is currently present in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and The Channel Islands. It has also recently been found in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. The large numbers of Vespa velutina…

Untimely loss of Philip McCabe

The president of Apimondia, Philip McCabe passed away this Saturday morning after a serious illness. He devoted much of his life to the wellbeing of honey bees and he cared for the interest of beekeepers, not only in Ireland but also worldwide. Until the end he was enormously active and acted as a role model…

Updates on CSI Varroa

Dear COLOSS members, On behalf of the CSI Varroa Group leaders (Janja, Nikola and myself)  I am posting the final information about our initiative. Most of you probably remember the discussions we had on this subject and this final version is the results of these discussions. With this we are seeking  colleagues to act as…

Invitation to take part to a research survey on Research Integrity

Dear Colleague, The Department of Sociology, University of Crete, Greece within project DEFORM: Determine the financial and global impact of research misconduct (Horizon 2020, Project ID 710246, Coordinator: INSEEC, France) http://www.deform-h2020.eu/ is conducting a survey investigating issues of research misconduct and research integrity. Our aim is to reach a wide audience of researchers in various stages of their career…

Untimely loss of Job van Praagh

The bee community has experienced a great loss with the recent death of Dr. Job van Praagh. Honorary Professor at the University of Leibniz in Hanover, Job dedicated his life to research into the biology and eco-toxicology of bees. Straightforward, sincere and honest, the discussions with Job were always intelligent, warm and stimulating. We’ll miss…