Sussex Plan for honey bee health and well-being.

The 2010 Annual Report from the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) at the University of Sussex is now available online at

The report provides an interesting update on Prefessor Ratneiks’ bee research which is in the following four research areas:

1.  Breeding disease-resistant honey bees and providing breeder queens to beekeepers; 
2.  How good is the British countryside for honey bees? Decoding dances to determine where worker honey bees are foraging; 
3.  Honey bee foraging in novel environments;
4.  Helping honey bees and insect pollinators in urban areas.

Reading the report made us think that we will be in for a fascinating evening at next year’s Leaver Lecture. Eagle-eyed readers will note that both Associations are already noted as donors – this relates to tea money donations sent to LASI in 2009 (after the joint meeting that Rob and Jo Nickless hosted) and in 2010 (after the VDBKA meeting in Didcot).

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