Apimondia webinar on Invasive species in Europe- March 26th 2024, 15:00 CET

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Date: March 26th 2024, 15:00 CET


*Participation in the webinar is free for everyone who registers using the link above.

When it comes to the invasive species in beekeeping, and if we exclude the Varroa mite which has invaded Europe long time ago, our mind focuses to small hive beetle, the yellow leg Asian hornet and the tropilelaelaps mite. Beekeepers do spend a considerable amount of time and money to learn and manage to fight them, and undoubtedly, there is a huge economic impact of these invasions. The scientists try to develop new appropriate management approaches, but without knowing the exact current or future impact is not possible to determine or develop the level of mitigation measures needed.
Apimondia’s Scientific Commission on Bee Health and Regional Commission on Europe are jointly organising a webinar on this very important subject. Scientists as well as experienced beekeepers will present their knowledge and experience on their fight against these species. The webinar aims to shade light on the invasion pathways, fill possible gaps on the biology and discuss coordinating actions for mitigation.


Time Topics Speakers
15.00 – 15.10 Introduction by Host Fani Hatjina
15.10 – 15.30 Keynote talk:
Invasive species in Europe, introduction pathways and control pathways. François Diaz
15.30 – 16.20 1st Session – Vespa velutina Noa Simon-Delso
Epidemiology and data sharing Quentin Rome
Field situation of V. velutina in France Alain Gulnik
Field situation of V. orientalis in Spain Lourdes Frías
Field situation of V. velutina + V. orientalis in Italy Laura Bortolotti/ Antonio Felicioli
Control measures and monitoring protocols and efforts against Asian hornets in UK Nigel Semmence
16.20 – 17.05 2nd Session – Aethina tumida Giovanni Formato
Overview of Aethina tumida Marc Schäfer
Adaptations of the beekeeping sector to living with a new notifiable parasite Liliana Cirillo
Protocols for managment the spread of SHB in Italy Franco Mutinelli
Aethina managment when well stablished everywhere in the world- World bee Health Jamie Ellis
17.15 – 18.00 3rd Session – Tropilaelaps spp Jeff Pettis
Overview and overwintering of Tropilaelaps Jeff Pettis
A Task Force in COLOSS Geoffrey Williams
Tropilaelaps in east Asia and possible invasion risk to Uzbekistan Chuleui Jung
Tropilaelaps in Russia and Kazakhstan Victoria Soroker
18.00 – 18.50 4th Session – European projects Robert Chlebo
Future actions under Better-B Dirk de Graaf
Future actions under BeeGuards Giles Budge
Future actions under BeSafeBeeHoney Ivana Tlak Gajger
Future actions under B-THENET Giovanni Formato
EU Pollinator Hub and invasive species Noa Simon
18.50 – 19.10 General Discussion – outputs- remarks François Diaz/
Fani Hatjina
19.10 – 19.15 Closing words Jeff Pettis