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ANSES's Scientific Conference: a one-day event devoted to bee health

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News of 03/12/2014

In the context of its Scientific Conferences, ANSES is organising a one-day event on Tuesday 9 December 2014 on bee health. ANSES, coordinator of the EPILOBEE project for the surveillance of bee colony mortality in Europe via its Sophia-Antipolis laboratory (European Union Reference Laboratory for bee health), invites professionals, stakeholders and scientists from France and throughout Europe to examine together this emblematic and cross-disciplinary topic involving both environmental and animal health concerns. 

This Scientific Conference will be an opportunity to take stock of the most recent work in the surveillance of bee health and that of other pollinating insects. The one-day event will begin with a presentation of the results of the major European survey EPILOBEE, coordinated by ANSES's Sophia-Antipolis Laboratory and funded by the European Commission. The work of Hungarian scientists who participated in the programme will also be highlighted, as well as that of Italian researchers who will present their experience regarding the recent emergence of a small hive beetle and bee colony parasite, Aethina tumida, in Italy.

For its first two years in operation, EPILOBEE's activities consisted in recording the mortality levels of bee colonies and gathering data on the presence of pathogens. The goal of this was to make the initial numerical data on colony losses available on the European level and to evaluate bee health.

However, it has been clearly shown that multiple factors, both biological and chemical, are responsible for the collapse of bee colonies. Therefore, the issue of surveillance of pesticide residues and their consequences on the health of domestic and wild pollinator insects will be a major topic of the conference. Presentations will shed light on various topics, including the causal link that can be established between exposure to substances and risks for pollinators; the observatories set up and the methods available or currently under development to assess the effects of plant protection products on bees; and epidemiological surveillance.

In addition, the results of monitoring programmes for other pollinating insects and for massive bee mortality phenomena will be presented, as well as the most recent results of French research on bee health.

This third year of Scientific Conferences devoted to bee health will close with a round table including stakeholders representatives.


Maison internationale- Mardi 9 décembre 2014 de 9h30 à 17h30

Cité internationale universitaire de Paris
17 Boulevard Jourdan
75014 Paris

RER B, arrêt Cité universitaire

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