The honey bee is probably the most well studied insect in the world, yet despite this, much remains unknown. Recent concern about worldwide colony losses has drawn sharp attention to significant gaps in our knowledge.
Since 2008, the international COLOSS (Prevention of honey bee COlony LOSSes) network (currently supported by COST and the Ricola Foundation - Nature & Culture) has been coordinating scientific efforts to understand the causes of colony losses and to reverse these declines. Unprecedented international cooperation among scientists has ensured a very fruitful network.
COLOSS COST Action Chair Peter Neumann says: “After four years of activity, the COLOSS network has organized eight conferences, 28 workshops, 29 Short-term Scientific Missions, three training schools, and has contributed to over 130 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. We intend to use the strength of COLOSS to solve an immediate problem experienced by honey bee researchers: the lack of standardisation of experimental methods that makes comparison of the results of experiments carried out in different countries difficult”.
A paper published today in the Journal of Apicultural Research introduces the COLOSS “BEEBOOK”, a unique venture that aims to...