OBJECTIVE

Mission

It is known that honeybees produce honey, but this does not put this ingenious insect on the third place in the ranking of most important agricultural animals. Its role as pollinator of many important crops and wild plants make it indispensable in (agricultural) ecosystems and closed cultivation systems. Bumblebees and solitary bees are complementary in delivering this ecosystem service. The professorship Bee Health is committed to the well-being of all bees: honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees.

(Source: The Buzz about Bees, J Tautz and H Heilmann, Springer, Heidelberg 2008)

Objective

The objective of the professorship Bee Health is twofold:

  • To professionalise and innovate beekeeping
  • To improve the habitats of all bee species, mainly by increasing the number of melliferous plants and by stimulating bee-friendly management of green space.
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