6 JUL 2021

In light of the travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 5th B-GOOD Consortium Meeting took place online. Project members and representatives of the B-GOOD multi-actor forum met up online between 28 and 30 June 2021. The three-day long online meeting was marked by insightful presentations, vivid discussions, SWOT analysis of project objectives, and an overview of the project’s developments and future initiatives. The meeting was organised by B-GOOD partners at Aarhus...

6 JUL 2021

Wild pollinators are a key part of European biodiversity and provide a wide range of benefits to crops, wild plants, and human wellbeing. In Europe and globally, wild pollinators are facing multiple threats, however, the full extent of declines, their complex causes, and the most effective ways to respond to them are not well understood. Safeguard brings together world-leading researchers, NGOs, industry and policy experts to substantially contribute to Europe's capacity to reverse the...

5 JUL 2021

An article recently published in the Special issue of MDPI called "The Citizen Science Approach for Expanding the Research on Insects" analyses the application of Citizen Science for the sustainability and survival of honey bees against the Varroa destructor Infestations. Even though certain European honey bee populations are known to naturally survive the infestations, it is unclear how widespread or common such populations are. Photo: A beekeeper with his bees. Credit:...

23 JUN 2021

May 20th has been designated as World Bee Day. It thus underlines the importance of bees and other pollinators for biodiversity and food security, as well as for humanity in general. Seventy-five percent of global food crops are dependent on pollination, especially by bees. But instead of blooming wildflower meadows, the hard-working insects often only find concrete surfaces and rock gardens in our cities. In the fields of agriculture, their lives are still threatened by pesticides. Despite...

21 JUN 2021

B-GOOD's lateral flow device was covered in an article of the Australian news website Mirage. The article titled "Small testing strips aid in bee protection" describes the work of Zhejiang university in the development and implementation of the lateral flow device (LFD) technology. Photo: Lateral Flow Devices. Credit: Mang Xu. The article points out that compared with traditional methods for detection of pesticides, the LFD is more operable,...

20 JUN 2021

B-GOOD is committed to promoting sustainable beekeeping throughout Europe.  Beekeepers are facing many challenges, but B-GOOD is striving to deliver new technology solutions to help them reduce bee losses and improve bee health. Although that is a complex goal, we believe that unity is strength and we’re glad that B-GOOD is one of many more research projects, networks, initiatives, and organizations around Europe, promoting pollinator health. We've built a special...

12 JUN 2021

At B-GOOD, 17 institutions from 13 countries across the EU join forces in an effort to pave the way toward healthy and sustainable beekeeping across the European Union. Our team is made up of scientists, beekeepers, and beekeeping associations and each team member contributes to the project with their own unique experience, skills, knowledge, and expertise. To recognize each of our project partners' important contributions, we created a new section on our website dedicated just to our...

8 JUN 2021

On 26 May B-GOOD held its workshop about new technologies for beekeeping. The event titled "Hands-on neonicotinoid detection using the dual-channel neonicotinoid lateral flow device prototype" was organised by Wageningen Food Safety Research and focused on the presentation of the dual channel neonicotinoid lateral flow device prototype.  Photo: B-GOOD partners performs sample extraction and lateral flow immunoassay for the detection of neonicotinoids The...

4 JUN 2021

The B-GOOD annual newsletter had its second issue published to accommodate news about our second year, where new publications, technology development & special B-GOOD updates were showcased. Don't forget to check out the special B-GOOD mini newsletter, available in 10 different languages! Find out more in the newsletter, and don't miss to SUBSCRIBE for our next issues!

31 MAY 2021

A methodology article recently published in the journal BMC Veterinary Research analyses the application of the qPCR technology for detection of genetic resistance against Varroa by honey bees. The paper called "qPCR assays with dual-labeled probes for genotyping honey bee variants associated with varroa resistance" presents a study on genetic alterations in honey bees associated with varroa resistance. The study focuses on  the expression of suppressed varroa mite...

2 APR 2021

A recent alumni spotlight interview of the Maine Coast Waldorf School (USA) features B-GOOD's PhD student Dana Freshley. Dana obtained her Bachelor's degree from the University of Maine and her Master's degree in Ghent University. She is currently a PhD student in Ghent University and part of the B-GOOD research team that analyses the socioeconomic perspective of beekeeping. Photo: Dana Freshley In the interview, Dana tells more about the research performed within the...

18 MAR 2021

A new video from the B-GOOD video series featuring experts working on the project was published on the B-GOOD project’s YouTube channel. The third video features an overview of the socioeconomic research done within the B-GOOD project.   Wim Verbeke of Ghent University elaborates on the aspects of economic analysis of sustainable beekeeping that is performed within B-GOOD, pointing out the main methods that are used to find out the socioeconomic aspects of...

3 FEB 2021

An article recently published in the Nature Scientific Reports journal analyses the heritabilities of resistance against viruses spread by Varroa on honey bees. The paper called "Heritability estimates of the novel trait ‘suppressed in ovo virus infection’ in honey bees (Apis mellifera)" presents a novel trait in honey bees associated with heritability of viral infections suppression. The study focuses on honey bee viruses that are related to the Varroa destructor,...

1 FEB 2021

A new promotional video of the BEEP Foundation team shows the advantages of the BEEP base as a monitoring tool for beekeepers! The 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 is a technological innovation that aims to help beekeepers in significantly improve beehive monitoring. The BEEP...

21 DEC 2020

In light of the travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 4th B-GOOD Consortium Meeting took place online. Project members and representatives of the B-GOOD multi-actor forum met up online between 14 and 16 December 2020. The three-day long online meeting was marked by insightful presentations, vivid discussions and an overview of the project’s developments and future initiatives. Following a welcome address by project coordinator Prof. Dirk de Graaf and a brief overview of...

26 OCT 2020

B-GOOD researchers Marten Schoonman, Alexis Beaurepaire, Mang Xu, and David Claeys Boúúaert presented at the 16th COLOSS eConference 2020, which took place online on 12-13 October 2020. Marten Schoonmann of the BEEP Foundation made a one-slide presentation of the BEEP app and the main features that it provides. Alexis Beaurepaire of the University of Bern, presented a short overview of the B-GOOD project and its main objectives and outcomes. Photo: A slide from the...

20 OCT 2020

Marten Schoonman of the BEEP Foundation participated in the 4th International Bee and Hive Monitoring Conference that took place online on 5-9 October 2020. Marten’s presentation was titled "Open Source Monitoring Platform BEEP Development in B-GOOD Project" and it consisted of a pre-recorded video and following Q&A section. Marten presented the innovative hive monitoring mechanism developed within B-GOOD and outlined the features of the BEEP base and the BEEP...

28 SEP 2020

EcoStack’s second annual meeting took place between 22-23 September 2020. The H2020 project aims to develop and support ecologically, economically and socially sustainable crop production via stacking and protection of functional biodiversity. One topic of discussion during the meeting was the Animal, Landscape and Man Simulation System (ALMaSS) agent-based model system. ALMaSS models different animal species as individuals (agents), which move around inside a virtual landscape to...