Research

The Bee Farmers’ Association and its members are involved in a number of research projects relevant to commercial beekeeping. If you are developing a research project and would like to discuss it with a representative of the Bee Farmers’ Association, please contact Membership Services.

Chronic Bee Paralysis

The Bee Farmers’ Association is a consortium member of the Chronic Bee Paralysis Project, which is divided into four objectives:

  • Objective 1: modelling the epidemiology and drivers of chronic bee paralysis
  • Objective 2: CBPV evolution, transmission and virulence
  • Objective 3: quantifying the impact of co-stressors on disease development
  • Objective 4: developing a management toolkit to mitigate chronic bee paralysis.

The consortium members are:

  • Newcastle University
  • University of St Andrews
  • The Bee Farmers’ Association
  • National Bee Unit, Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • ANSES (French agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety), European Union Reference Laboratory for Honey Bee Health
  • Additional support from USDA (US Department of Agriculture) and SLU (Swedish university of agricultural sciences).

Further information can be found on the Veterinary and Bee Health web page of Newcastle University School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.


Swarmonitor project hives, Avignon, France [Photo: John Howat]


Swarmonitor

The Bee Farmers’ Association was the project coordinator for the pan-European Swarmonitor project which aims to develop a tool for diagnostic monitoring of honey bee colonies by monitoring vibrations in the hive.

The consortium members were:

  • The Bee Farmers’ Association Limited, UK
  • INRA, France
  • Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • CARI, Belgium
  • CAPAZ GmbH, Germany
  • European Professional Beekeepers’ Association (EPBA)
  • SZOMEL, Germany
  • Arnia, UK.

The project was funded under the European Union (EU) Seventh Framework Programme.