13 NOV 2019

The University of Coimbra opens a tender to award a fellow scholarship under the B-GOOD project, with the following characteristics: 1) Participate in data gathering on pollen and nectar production by dominant plant species and on phenological patterns according to the bibliography and databases of existing plant characteristics.2) Contribute to phytosociological information on landscape elements mapped for Europe, identifying keystone species important for bees, and to the characterization...

28 OCT 2019

The H2020 project B-GOOD was part of the 10th World Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership that took place in Hannover, Germany. The event welcomed about 800 participants from 65 countries. By bringing together researchers, policymakers and practitioners, the conference aim was to implement best practices for managing ecosystem services and maintain and enhance the related science, policy and practical application. Additional focus was put into topics of conservation and...

21 OCT 2019

The Bee Cello - a unique B-GOOD inspired and supported installation is now available to see for visitors of Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottingham, UK. The cello, which is home to over 20,000 local honey bees can now be seen by visitors on days when the gardens are open to the public. The credits for the unique installation goes to Dr Martin Bencsik, who ​originally came up with the idea of using a cello as a hive, after working for a year with Wolfgang...

18 SEP 2019

B-GOOD took part in the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, which took place from 8-12 September 2019 in Montreal, Canada. The Scientific Program for the 46th Congress covers a wide range of topics of interest to researchers and beekeepers alike.   The project was represented with a scientific poster presented at the congress by B-GOOD's coordinator Prof Dirk de Graaf, Ghent University. At this initial stage, B-GOOD's...

17 JUL 2019

On 9 July 2019 B-GOOD met its sister project INSIGNIA to exchange ideas and plan for future collaboration. Both B-GOOD's Coordinator Dirk de Graaf, Ghent University and INSIGNIA's - Sjef van der Steen, Alveus AB Consultancy - presented their respective project's objectives and aims. Among the points discussed were intentions to organize joint contact moments with the stakeholders and plans for future joint consultations. Agreements were also made in terms...

12 JUL 2019

Big data, an interactive platform and six different technological innovations are the core of the recently started Horizon 2020 project B-GOOD in its 4-year mission to pave the way toward healthy and sustainable beekeeping across the European Union. In close cooperation with the EU Bee Partnership, the project aims to develop a EU-wide bee health and management data platform, which will enable sharing of knowledge between scientists, beekeepers and other actors in the area....

12 JUL 2019

The B-GOOD project had its official Kick-off Meeting on 12&13 June 2019 in Ghent, Belgium. The project's acronym stands for "Giving Beekeeping Guidance by Computational-assisted Decision Making". B-GOOD the involves 17 institutions from 13 countries across the EU, including scientists, beekeepers, and beekeeping associations and will run for a total of 4 years through which it will seek to pave the way toward healthy and sustainable beekeeping across the...

12 JUL 2019

Newly published research looks into the association between the deformed wing virus and the parasitic mite Varroa destructor as a major cause of worldwide honeybee colony losses. The article featured in Proceedings of the Royal Society B studies the mechanisms through which the mite acts as a vector of the viral pathogen and can trigger its replication in infected bees. The authors develop and test a novel hypothesis that mite feeding...