6 OCT 2022

A new research paper featuring B-GOOD partner and WP5 leader Prof. Christopher John Topping was recently published in the journal Nature Communication, and sheds light on the pesticide effects on honey bees. The publication titled "A deeper understanding of system interactions can explain contradictory field results on pesticide impact on honey bees", puts forward a research, explaining the contrasting field results regarding the harm of toxic compounds on honey bee health and...

4 OCT 2022

B-GOOD’s main goal is to support beekeepers in maintaining healthy and sustainable bee colonies. In order to promote their invaluable work and part in B-GOOD, we launched a new webpage on the project website devoted to our #BeekeeperStories social media campaign.The #BeekeeperStories campaign tells the stories of different B-GOOD beekeepers in an effort to emphasize the value, opportunities, and difficulties of beekeeping. The posts, shared on Facebook and Twitter on a weekly basis, can...

23 SEP 2022

Meet Vincent Louis, a Swiss beekeeper living in Geneva, on the new #BeekeeperStories instalment! Vincent started beekeeping 5 years ago in a hobby group within an industrial company. Two years later, he had the opportunity to acquire his own apiary from a beekeeper who had to urgently leave the country. It took him less than five minutes to make the decision without even realising that he lives in an apartment and has no garden to set the colonies. Fortunately, he was lucky enough to find...

21 SEP 2022

A new publication focusing on the Lateral Flow Device (LFD) developed within B-GOOD is now available. The article titled "Biosensing Chlorpyrifos in Environmental Water Samples by a Newly Developed Carbon Nanoparticle-Based Indirect Lateral Flow Assay" has been published in Biosensors - the international, peer-reviewed, open access journal on the technology and science of biosensors. The authors of the article, amongst whom B-GOOD researchers Mang Xu and Jeroen Peters of Wageningen...

14 SEP 2022

#BeekeeperStories is back on Twitter & Facebook! In the eight feature of the series, we present to you Bas Sprengers. Bas is a 35-year-old beekeeper from the Netherlands. He has always been fascinated by insects. Before starting beekeeping, he used to keep ants in a formicarium. In 2016, after getting his driver’s licence, he bought second-hand beekeeping equipment from a retired beekeeper and since that day he’s had between 1-14 hives. Bas says that he loves spending time...

5 SEP 2022

The 47th edition of the Apimondia International Apicultural Congress took place from 24-28 August 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey. For the first time, three major symposia have been organised with the participation of world-recognised specialists speaking about the most relevant themes in apiculture. This year, the congress was organised in hybrid format, by livestreaming scientific sessions in the virtual platform. Apimondia is the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations. Its...

26 AUG 2022

Our campaign #BeekeeperStories on Twitter & Facebook continues! The next feature is Dirk-Jan (DJ) Valkenburg, a B-GOOD researcher for Wageningen University & Research (WR), who is also participating in the project as a Tier 3 beekeeper.From early childhood, DJ remembers being fascinated by people wearing bee suits. He always knew he wanted to become a beekeeper in the future, but thought he would have more time for that when he’s older. But then fate played its part and he got a...

23 AUG 2022

Each year, millions of bees travel thousands of miles - not on their wings but via the highway or postal services. In the new B-GOOD video titled "Express Delivery of B-GOOD Samples", B-GOOD Tier 2 beekeeper Norman Thürmer shows us the rather unusual manner in which he transports his bees. The video created by Norman himself presents the delivery of the samples from his beehives in Magdeburg, Germany to the Institute of Biology/Zoology at the Martin Luther University...

16 AUG 2022

Next up on #BeekeeperStories on Twitter & Facebook is Tobias Dittmann, a beekeeper from Germany. Tobias is an ex-filmmaker. Ten years ago, he used to be unsatisfied with his movie maker job, when he found his new passion. After helping a professional beekeeper for 3 months, Tobias liked it so much that he took a professional training course and became a beekeeper himself. He now works at Bee Health Service, where he advises beekeepers and veterinarians. What he finds most exciting...

12 AUG 2022

Our fifth feature in the #BeekeeperStories series on Twitter & Facebook is Thorsten Hornemann.Thorsten is a hobby beekeeper from Switzerland, who joined BEEP and the B-GOOD project. He had a lifelong fascination with insects, especially bees. He lived in Germany when he was younger and tried beekeeping there for a while. He made the decision to retry after moving to Switzerland. For him, the best part is, of course, honey. Thorsten loves seeing his bees grow, studying their behaviour, and...

4 AUG 2022

Our campaign #BeekeeperStories, presenting the stories of various B-GOOD beekeepers, continues on Twitter & Facebook! The fourth feature in the series is Malte Hesse. Malte is a beekeeper from Essen, Germany. Four years ago, his company offered a beekeeping course, while working together with the Bee Association in Mannheim. The training took place on the campus of the company, where the beehives were located. The course sparked Malte's interest and he immediately signed up. He's...

1 AUG 2022

B-GOOD’s eventful 7th consortium meeting united beekeepers, project partners and multi-actor forum members and concluded at the end of June 2022. (Read more about the meeting here.) The first day of the meeting was dedicated to the beekeepers in the project and was full of excitement. It took a rather non-conventional structure, including not only informative presentations and in-depth discussions, but also networking sessions, workshops, a quiz and the information market stands. The...

25 JUL 2022

Our campaign #BeekeeperStories, presenting the stories of various B-GOOD beekeepers, continues on Twitter & Facebook! The third feature in the series is Chrys Charpentier. He is a beekeeper from the Netherlands, who shares with us his aspirations and the story behind his passion for bees.  Chrys’ grandfather is a beekeeper who inspired him to become one as well when he was just 14 years old. His favourite part about being a beekeeper is that it gives colour to his daily...

19 JUL 2022

The second #BeekeeperStories feature is on Twitter & Facebook! Our guest, Martin Klopfer, shares his story and his long-term goals.Martin is a beekeeper from northern Germany, working with the B-GOOD project. When we asked him what made him interested in beekeeping, he tоld us that it somehow always surrounded him. Martin used to be a part of an EU project where pollination services were a relevant aspect in one of the pilots. Meanwhile, his neighbours are also beekeepers, which...

14 JUL 2022

B-GOOD is all about healthy and sustainable beekeeping. Its main objective is to help beekeepers maintain healthy bee colonies. In order to highlight their invaluable work and role in B-GOOD, we launched a new campaign dedicated to beekeepers.#BeekeeperStories is a campaign presenting the stories of various B-GOOD beekeepers with the goal of highlighting the importance, opportunities, and challenges of beekeeping. The stories will be shared weekly on the project’s website, as well as on...

8 JUL 2022

Project partners and multi-actor forum members of the B-GOOD project met up between 27 and 29 June 2022 in Soesterberg, the Netherlands. The three-day event was hosted by project partner BEEP and entailed informative presentations, in-depth discussions, workshops, as well as an overview of the projects’ developments and expected outcomes. The first day invited 16 beekeepers to share their experiences, while days 2 & 3 were dedicated to internal project meetings. A special hybrid...

5 JUL 2022

In the fifth episode of the progress video series, project coordinator Prof. Dirk de Graaf discusses B-GOOD's socio-economic component. Dirk gives an overview of the SWOT Analysis of the EU beekeeping sector, used to formulate 18 points of attention for policy and strategic developments, and explains the importance of B-GOOD's multi-actor approach. Watch the video here to find out more about how B-GOOD expands the knowledge on beekeeping practice. Don't forget to subscribe...

13 JUN 2022

Over the last few decades, honey bee colonies have shown abnormal mortality rates. Landscape changes due to human pressure and pesticide use in modern agriculture and even forestry are some of the leading causes of colony losses. In a new study ("Exposure and risk assessment of acetamiprid in honey bee colonies under a real exposure scenario in Eucalyptus sp. landscapes") published in the Science of The Total Environment journal, B-GOOD partners from University of Coimbra &...

31 MAY 2022

Photo credit: Canva B-GOOD’s long-term objective is to pave the way towards healthy and sustainable beekeeping within the European Union by providing guidance for beekeepers and helping them make better and more informed decisions. Successful communication, knowledge transfer, and dissemination of project updates and results are among the factors that contribute to this goal.  The first set of practice abstracts was prepared and published on the EIP-AGRI platform as part of...

31 MAY 2022

On March 26th 2022, B-GOOD held the yearly spring meeting for The Central Association of Bee-Keepers (CABK) Association members. Beekeepers, scientists, and researchers gathered together in Nottingham, UK, to familiarise themselves with the different tools developed by B-GOOD and see them in action. The workshop started with a tour of the UK B-GOOD mini-apiary, at Holme Pierrepont Hall. After a presentation of the B-GOOD project fundamentals, Dr. Martin Bencsik and Adam McVeigh of...