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COLOSS: Prevention of honeybee colony losses

2009 / 2012
Instituição Lider
Swiss Bee Research Centre

Instituições de investigação e desenvolvimento apícola da Alemanha, Áustria, Bélgica, Croácia, Dinamarca, Eslováquia, Eslovénia, Espanha, Finlândia, França, Grécia, Holanda, Hungria, Itália, Noruega, Polónia, Portugal, Reino Unido, República Checa, Suécia, Suíça e Turquia, em colaboração com congéneres do Canadá, China, Egipto, Porto Rico e Estados Unidos da América do Norte.

Fonte de financiamento
Programa COST (European COoperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research)
Coordenação na U. Évora

In Europe, China and the USA, beekeepers are being regularly confronted with severe inexplicable and sudden colony losses (>400 million € per year, excl. pollination value), with colonies exhibiting diverse symptoms (CCD = Colony Collapse Disorder).

This major pollinator decline may lead to even more serious economic and ecological consequences than already experienced (severe pollination deficits in major crops) because beekeepers and veterinary authorities are unaware of the underlying factors and cannot implement effective mitigating measures.

Efforts by individual countries to reveal the drivers of colony losses are doomed due to the high number of interacting factors. An international COST network is urgently required.

COLOSS will identify the factors at the individual honeybee and colony levels causing severe colony losses and investigate synergistic effects between them. This will enable the development and dissemination of emergency measures and sustainable management strategies to prevent large scale losses.

For this purpose, leading scientists, beekeepers and industry from 23 COST countries, China, Egypt, Puerto Rico and USA will collaborate with complementary approaches, thereby providing the crucial R&D link for the success of this Action.

This worldwide integrated approach will mitigate the detrimental impact of honeybee colony losses for beekeepers, agriculture and natural biodiversity.


Colony losses; Honeybee; Environment; Pathogens.

Tipo de Projecto
Âmbito Geográfico
Área de Trabalho