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…

First international meeting APIS SILVATICA- The western honey...

Parco Nazionale Isola di Pantelleria in cooperation with Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, Parco Nazionale della Maiella, Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio and Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago Toscano are organising the First international meeting APIS SILVATICA- The western honey bee in nature. All scientists and activists studying free-living colonies of Apis mellifera, their relationship to other pollinators,…

Changes in chemical cues of Melissococcus plutonius infected...

Abstract European foulbrood (EFB), caused by Melissococcus plutonius, is a globally distributed bacterial brood disease affecting Apis mellifera larvae. There is some evidence, even if under debate, that spreading of the disease within the colony is prevented by worker bees performing hygienic behaviour, including detection and removal of infected larvae. Olfactory cues (brood pheromones, signature…

Development of a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) and...

Abstract Nosema ceranae is a ubiquitous microsporidian pathogen infecting the midgut of honey bees. The infection causes bee nosemosis, a disease associated with malnutrition, dysentery, and lethargic behavior, and results in considerable economic losses in apiculture. The use of a rapid, sensitive, and inexpensive DNA-based molecular detection method assists in the surveillance and eventual control…

Perspectives on long-term bee vitality monitoring

Abstract Bees are essential pollinators and their protection is relevant to secure biodiversity and agricultural production. MonViA-project members and partners collaborate in monitoring projects to develop effective policies to support biodiversity in Germany. In the current case-study, the impact of climate on honey bee population performance was assessed. We modeled year-to-year Central-European honey yield changes…