Sustainable Management of Resilient Bee Populations


SMARTBEES at APIMONDIA: Gold medal for DVD: "Queen rearing in an intensive system"

Our Romanian SMARTBEES partner ICDA has won the Gold medal for its scientific, didactic and technical video film "Queen rearing in an intensive system":

The video film, which is 67 minutes long and has a high quality image (full HD), was published on DVD and is available in Romanian and English language. It was produced for all beekeepers that want to produce mated queens for their own needs or for selling, being also an important educational tool for the whole queen rearing process and local bee breeding and conservation efforts.

The video film is structured into the following chapters:
1. The queen of the bees; 2. Natural swarming; 3. Supersedure queens; 4. Emergency queens; 5. Breeder colony selection for queen and drone rearing; 6. Drone rearing; 7. Starter colony formation; 8. Grafting; 9. Introducing and harvesting queen cells in starter colony; 10. Preparation of the queen cells frames for finishing colony; 11. Introducing queen cells into the finishing colony; 12. Queen cells isolation in cages for emerging; 13. Queens emerging in normal colonies or in incubator; 14. Mating nuclei formation; 15. Other types of mating nuclei; 16. Introducing a queen cell or a virgin queen to a nucleus, artificial swarm or queenless colony; 17. Nuclei inspection, mated queens harvesting, weighing and caging for delivery; 18. Queen bank colonies; 19. Introducing a mated queen in a colony; 20. Quality queens – strong and productive colonies.

More information available on the web:

A short advertising presentation can be find on youtube

Contact: Adrain Siceanu or Eliza Cauia


SMARTBEES at APIMONDIA, September 29th- October 4th, Istanbul, Turkey

At the 45th International Apicultural Congress APIMONDIA September 29th- October 4th, Istanbul, Turkey, members of SMARTBEES consortium are going to give talks/organize Round Tables discussions relevant to the project. Read Moreā€¦

SMARTBEES at the EURBEE, Congress of Apidology

We would be glad if you could join us at EURBEE in Cluj, Romania, on Friday 9th in the “Regele Ferdinand” Amphitheater where several partners will be presenting their results obtained so far and will give an outlook of the work ahead:

After a short introduction by coordinator Kaspar Bienefeld at 9:45 Desiderato Annoscia will talk about "Varroa destructor and Deformed Wing Virus are linked in a mutualistic symbiosis accounting for their major role in honeybee colony collapses ";

after this presentation Adrian Siceanu will be presenting about: Preliminary study regarding infestation level of Varroa (Varroa destructor) correlated with honeybee colonies survival in a case study in Romania.

Further speakers are
  • Ralph Buchler: Low Varroa mite reproduction in European honey bees
  • Gennaro di Prisco: Neonicotinoids and immunity
  • Ewan Campbell: Proteomic analysis of Varroa destructor saliva: do factors in mite saliva affect bee immuno-competence?
  • Jakob Wegener: Proteomic analysis of hygienic behaviour in Apis mellifera carnica
  • Marina Meixner: Genetic and morphometric variation of A. mellifera mellifera across its range
  • Aleksander Uzunov: Genetic improvement of European honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) populations
The complete program is found here.

SMARTBEES at the 16th Panhellenic Entomological Congress

The team of Agricultural University of Athens-Greece (Laboratory of Agricultural Zoology and Entomology) published a poster presenting “SMARTBEES” project, in 16th Panhellenic Entomological Congress, Heraklio, Crete, Greece, 20-23 October 2015.
You may find the poster (in Greek) here for download.