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Completed projects

The NBU works for a range of customers including Defra. At the end of every Defra funded research project, the NBU team involved completes a Science In Defra (SID5) final report. Each SID5 contains full details about the background of the project, how the work was carried out, the results obtained, the statistical analyses, and the conclusions drawn. The report is then submitted to Defra for review, pending publication by Defra. Where available, the final reports, project information or links to these can be accessed below.

Projects below are sorted by research topic headings for ease of navigation, please note however that some projects may fall into more than one research areas.

Exotics and Surveillance

Pathogens and Disease Control Systems


Fera and the NBU were involved in a number of projects as both leads or collaborators under the Insect Pollinators Initiative, a joint initiative from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Natural Environment Research Council, The Scottish Government and the Wellcome Trust.

Details of the projects are below:

  • Linking agriculture and land use change to pollinator populations - (Collaboration with University of Leeds in partnership with University of Bristol, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and University of Reading) Funded as part of the Insect Pollinators Initiative (IPI). 
  • Sustainable pollination services for UK crops - (Collaboration with University of Leeds and University of Reading). Funded as part of the Insect Pollinators Initiative (IPI).
  • Assessing the economic value of honey bee pollination services (Defra seedcorn)

Husbandry, Behaviour and Honey bee Biology

Pesticides, Treatments and Medicines