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Honey Bee Research Projects

Current projects
The NBU has an active and internationally recognised research programme that has led to the production of over 30 peer-review publication in the last 5 years. Projects vary widely in scale and content, but all share the aim of obtaining information that will provide beekeepers, the scientific community and government policy makers with the best advice to improve our collective understanding of honey bee health. Our research programme focusses on providing practical tools to help beekeepers adopt good husbandry practices in order to mitigate threats and maintain healthy honey bee stocks. Our current project portfolio can be summarised as follows:
    • Varroa biology and Integrated Pest Management tools for its control
    • Development of mathematical models for understanding the spread of pollinator pests and diseases.
    • Long-term impacts of honey bee disease control policy
    • Studies into genetics and honey bee diversity in the UK
    • Identifying novel honey bee pathogens and characterising their distribution
    • Improving risk-based approaches to honey bee health surveillance
    • Compiling evidence about beekeeping practices in the UK
    • Comprehending how land use impacts the health of honey bee colonies
    • Understanding the nutritional needs of honey bees to improve colony health
    • Small and large-scale field studies that monitor honey bee health
    • GLP regulatory studies and assessment of veterinary medicines for bees
    • Studies into the biology and control of Small hive beetle
    • Pest Risk Assessment of exotic threats to UK honey bees, in order to assist with Contingency Planning

    Visiting Scientists and Studentships

    The NBU is also involved in the supervision of national and international projects, both for practitioners, fellows or students. For further details about a selection of these projects please go to the Visiting Scientists and Studentships page.

    In order to deliver our extensive range of research projects, the NBU works with over 80 internal Fera staff and many external Universities and Institutes. To see a full list of our external collaborators, please click here

    NBU Surveys

    An important part of the NBU's research programme is the collection of data about disease incidence and husbandry practices in beekeeping. We are currently involved in several different types of survey. For further details please visit the NBU Surveys page.

    Completed Projects
    For a list of other research and development projects that have been delivered by the NBU and Fera colleagues please visit the Completed Projects page.