Research

As part of its activity and objectives, BDI funds research into the causes of bee diseases. In this way by pooling a proportion of member subscriptions, BDI hopes to generate more understanding of the diseases it insures against. This in turn promotes good practice to ultimately reduce the incidence of the diseases and maintain a healthy bee population in England & Wales. 


BDI (Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd) announce major funding into the relationship between Honey Bees, Deformed Wing Virus and the Varroa mite


Projects recently funded have included:

European Foul Brood


Distinguishing between EFB outbreaks – tracking infections and differences between countries




European Foulbrood
Photo Courtesy The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), Crown Copyright




American Foulbrood

A typing scheme for Paenibacillus larvae, the causative agent of American foulbrood.



American Foulbrood
Photo Courtesy The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), Crown Copyright





Honey Bee Working Borage

Investigating the impacts of nutrition on Honey Bee Health






Honey Bee Foraging on Borage
Photo Courtesy The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), Crown Copyright






Call for more research projects

The Directors of BDI are inviting more researchers to submit proposals for funding from the company.
During the next 12 months, one four year project and one 3 year project will be completed and as a result, BDI now invites proposals from the research community for funding for additional work.
Proposals, which should specifically be in the field of bee diseases / bee health should be addressed to the Secretary of BDI.  Priority will be given to those projects that seek to increase the level of understanding American and European Foul brood, although other disease related projects will also be considered.

Researchers are invited to contact  to Mr Bernard Diaper informally if they wish before submitting a formal application.