News

5 August 2021 - BDI and the BBKA support DWV research

Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd (BDI) and the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) are jointly funding a major new research project into Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) at The Pirbright Institute.

DWV has become a devastating disease of managed honey bees in colonies with significant Varroa mite levels and results in high colony losses. New techniques will be used to better understand DWV and other honey bee viruses.

Martin Smith, President of BDI, said: “Bee Diseases Insurance Ltd is delighted to be providing funding for this project. We recognise that DWV is a major source of poor health in honey bee populations and the more we understand this virus, the better tools beekeepers can have to keep these vital pollinators healthy.”

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8 April 2021 - BDI funds research into how honey bee populations appear to have evolved to combat the Varroa mite

BDI provided funding support for research into the evolution of natural Varroa-tolerance mechanisms in various beekeeping populations supervised by Professor Stephen Martin at the University of Salford.

Both BDI funded PhD students – Isobel Grindrod and George Hawkins - have published their findings.

Also, Professor Stephen Martin and Isobel Grindrod have produced an instructional video about measuring recapping and infested brood removal to accompany their BBKA Special Issue.

For links to the papers and to view the video click here.

5 March 2021 - Importing honey bees into Great Britain: A major new risk to the health of the bee population

Purpose of this briefing note:
This note, which is supported by those listed at the foot of the document, is to draw to the attention of the UK government and the devolved administrations, to an imminent and serious risk that an exotic pest, Small Hive Beetle (SHB), could be introduced into the British Isles.

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Spring 2021 - PhD studentship into CBPV update

Ben Rowlands describes carrying out research in these challenging times. Click here to read more.

Spring 2021 - PhD studentship into ST2 strain of EFB

Hollie Pufal talks about her first six months at Newcastle University. Click here to read more.