Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd (BDI)

The insurance company for beekeepers in England & Wales run by beekeepers

Working for bees, education, protection & research


Est: 1936

BDI-funded research shows Varroa resistance is increasing

A four-year research project funded by BDI into Varroa resistance, carried out by Professor Stephen Martin and PhD student Isobel Grindrod at the University of Salford, describes how bees are evolving to remove the mite. The paper, published in August 2021, is in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B.


Whole apiary shook swarm trial - 2021-22

BDI - in conjunction with the National Bee Unit - is running a two-year whole apiary shook swarm trial where EFB has been identified.

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Hygienic bees research supported by BDI

Prof Stephen Martin and his team of researchers at the University of Salford - funded in part by BDI - aims to understand why some honey bee colonies have become naturally tolerant to Varroa and to see if this information can provide beekeepers with a long-term solution to the problem. For the latest papers click here.


BDI is supporting DWV research using cell lines

At BDI’s AGM on June 4, 2021, Dr Kirsty Stainton from The Pirbright Institute talked about honey bee viruses. She introduced the scope of a PhD studentship starting in October 2021, jointly sponsored by BDI and the BBKA, which will use cell lines for comparative analysis of DWV strains.