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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Bee health: review of current knowledge and prospects for research

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News of 15/11/2013

In the context of ANSES's Scientific Conferences, the Agency is organising a one-day event on Thursday 21 November 2013 devoted to bee health, an emblematic and cross-disciplinary topic involving both environmental and animal health concerns. For several years now, the Agency has been highly involved in bee health, and we have made it one of our priorities because of the essential role that bees and their pollination activities play in honey production, biodiversity maintenance and as an indicator of environmental equilibrium.  ANSES also coordinates the European bee mortality surveillance network via its Sophia-Antipolis Laboratory, which has been the European Union Reference Laboratory in this area for close to two years.  

All throughout the day, the presentations by French and European researchers will: 

  • provide an initial overview of the creation of the European bee mortality surveillance network, 
  • report on the current explorations by ANSES's working group on the various stress factors to which bees are subjected, 
  • present the work done by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and generate discussion on the expected changes in plant protect product assessment,
  • raise the issue of the availability of veterinary medicinal products used to combat bee diseases,
  • share information resulting from the research, surveillance and risk assessment work conducted by ANSES's teams, as well as by other scientific and technical institutions in France and Europe. 
  • provide an initial overview of the Ministry of Agriculture's sustainable apiculture plan, one year after its creation. 

At the end of this day of Scientific Conferences, a round table will be held with representatives of the stakeholders involved in bee health. 


The conference programme (in French)


Thursday 21 November 2013, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Auditorium - ANSES headquarters

27-31, avenue du Général Leclerc

94 700 Maisons-Alfort