BEE HEALTH

 

Bees play a hugely important role in (agricultural) ecosystems by pollinating crops and wild plants. When hearing the word ‘bee’, many people have the ingenious honeybee in mind, which not only produces honey but can also be put to work as pollinator in for example fruit farming or in seed production.

However, there are many more bee species that are easily overlooked, but are just as important. Bumblebees for instance are important pollinators in the wild, but can very well be used in greenhouses in the tomato production. Furthermore, the Netherlands has hundreds of solitary bee species that take care of the pollination of a large number of plant species, together with bumblebees and honeybees. They are therefore also very important for the  preservation of biodiversity.

The professorship Bee Health is committed to the well-being of all bee species in the Netherlands. In national and international partnerships, research is being done into the beekeeper practice, the Varroa mite and the availability of melliferous plants. The connecting role between NGOs, research institutions, ground scaring organisations, beekeepers societies and the agricultural sector is central.

The professorship Bee Health has been constituted for a 6-year period (2015-2021). Ph.D. Karin Steijven was appointed professor in September 2015.

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