We launch a new series of videos featuring experts working on the project, in order to provide a clear overview of the project, B-GOOD’s objectives, methodology and progress. In the first video, B-GOOD’s coordinator Prof. Dirk de Graaf gets in front of the camera and talks about the project action plan and expected outputs.

In a collaboration between Wageningen University and Zhejiang University, this instructional video explains the principle of the neonicotinoid lateral flow device (LFD) developed by Zhejiang University.

The video displays several tests with different materials, including tap water, rapeseed flower, pollen and honey and gives clear instructions on how to evaluate the test results.

The LFD is able to detect six out of eight neonicotinoids, it is simple and requires minimal sample preparation, meaning that it is very suitable for on-site neonicotinoid screening.

This exciting short montage captures the trafficking of the bees from the B-GOOD UK mini-apiary at Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottingham. Originally filmed at 240 frames per second and slowed down to 30 frames per second, the film captures the gradually appearing trace of each bee to visualise the intense traffic.

With each colony residing on the BEEP system, bee trafficking is one of the parameters which will be quantitated with the bee counters developed by project partner INRA

This beautiful montage from the B-GOOD apiary near Peso da Régua captures the steps and procedures B-GOOD researchers go through when they open a colony on a regular visit.

Featuring Nuno Capela and Sandra Simões from the University of Coimbra, the video shows step by step how to dismantle the beehive, inspect the colony and reassemble the hive. It also highlights the equipment used in an investigation apiary, such as the BEEP scale, temperature sensor, accelerometer etc.

There are 8 mini-apiaries distributed in Europe (UK, Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Belgium and Portugal), with 8 study colonies in each. These colonies are equipped with the BEEP system and will be monitored during three consecutive years (2020-2023).

This is the second video of the B-GOOD rubric that aims to reflect the project’s expected outputs and plan for action.The video features B-GOOD’s experts Coby van Dooremalen (Wageningen University and Research), Martin Bencsik (Nottingham Trent University), Marten Schoonman (BEEP Foundation), and  Christopher John Topping (Aarchus University), who discuss the aspects of data collection and honeybee hive monitoring.

A short video that showcases the main achievements of the B-GOOD project in 2020.B-GOOD wishes everyone a prosperous 2021!

This video shows the advantages of the BEEP base as a monitoring tool for beekeepers. The BEEP monitoring system is a technological innovation that aims to help beekeepers in significantly improve beehive monitoring. The BEEP monitoring system includes the BEEP base and the BEEP app and it has been developed within the B-GOOD project by the team from the BEEP Foundation.

This is the third video of the B-GOOD rubric that aims to reflect the project’s expected outputs and plan for action. The video features B-GOOD expert Wim Verbeke (Ghent University), who discusses the aspects of economic analysis of sustainable beekeeping that is performed within B-GOOD.

The video shows the development of lateral flow devices at Wageningen Food Safety Research. You can see the 10 needed steps.

The LFD is a device that allows scientists to test for the presence of different neonicotinoids in various materials (examples in this video are tap water, rapeseed flower, pollen and honey); it is also quite simple and requires minimal sample preparation, making it suitable for on-site neonicotinoid screening.

B-GOOD Tutorial: Top Photo Analysis

In this video B-GOOD researchers from Wageningen University and Research demonstrate how you can estimate honeybee colony size in the BEEP app by using the top photo analysis method. This tutorial was created by Zeynep Ülgezen of WUR. The photo analysis method is based on the paper:

van Dooremalen C, Cornelissen B, Poleij-Hok-Ahin C, and Blacquiere T (2018). Single and interactive effects of Varroa destructor, Nosemaspp., and imidacloprid on honey bee colonies (Apis mellifera). Ecosphere 9(8):e02378. 10.1002/ecs2.2378

B-GOOD Consortium meeting 5 videos:

Marc Schäfer (Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut) presents the results of disease monitoring of B-GOOD pilot A (mini-apiaries) and pilot B studies in 2020.

Mang Xu (Wageningen Food and Safety Research) briefly updates on the development and validation of lateral flow devices.

Adam McVeigh (Nottingham Trent University) talks about measuring frame content using vibrational stimulus and accelerometers. By improving our technique, we gain crucial skills to aid research to pollinators, insects and the environment.

Ugoline Godeau (INRAE) looks at the link between the in-hive temperature and the strength of the colony. She presents ideas for data analysis and preliminary application to another dataset.

António Silva (University of Coimbra) talks about one of the main objective of work package 3, which is mapping relevant floral resources for honey bees in Europe.

Sara Lopes (University of Coimbra) is doing an overview on field work and results on flower resources in Portugal, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Dana Freshley (University of Gent) presents the results of beekeper intake survey and gives insights into beekeper managerial characteristics.

Alexandra Korcheva (Pensoft) has prepared a presentation on trends in communication & dissemination activities.

Dana Freshley (University of Gent) & João Bica (University of Coimbra) are presenting preliminary results on stakeholder views on relative importance of sustainability objectives for the EU beekeeping sector.

Marten Schoonman (BEEP foundation) presents the latest developments regarding the B-GOOD data portal and the BEEP web app.

In this video, B-GOOD Coordinator Prof. Dirk de Graaf from Ghent University shares the progress which the project has made in the first half of its lifetime.

B-GOOD is all about healthy and sustainable beekeeping. Its main objective is to help beekeepers maintain a healthy colony. But what is a healthy colony? Watch the video and you will see. :)