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The Horizon Magazine brings you the latest news and features about thought-provoking science and innovative research projects funded by the EU. In the May issue which was dedicated to all kinds of interesting facts about insects the SMARTBEES project has been included. This is the text:

Researchers are developing mite-resistant bees:
The average worker bee can pollinate up to 5 000 flowers in one day, yet only produces 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its entire life. Honey production and pollination may be at risk as the bee population in parts of Europe continues to dwindle due a decline in habitable space, pesticides, and the deadly varroa mite, which has been the main reason for the majority of colony losses over the last 50 years. Some researchers, backed by EU funding, are looking into ways to measure bees’ resistance against the mite to teach beekeepers how to breed stronger populations.
You may find the full text entitled "Eight creepy crawly facts that will really bug you" if follow this link.
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SMARTBEES Consortium (2017); Fortschritte bei SMARTBEES – Zwischenbericht Teil 1
Zucht und Erhaltung der Honigbiene Europas; published in
  • Bienen aktuell- 11. Jahrgang, Ausgabe 02/2017
  • Schweizerische Bienen-Zeitung - 140. Jahrgang, Nummer 2, Ausgabe 02/2017, Seite 24 und 25

Interview with Smartbees coordinator Kaspar Bienefeld: Die Honigbienen – Vielfalt in Europa bewahren
bienen & natur - Jahrgang 3887, Ausgabe 02/2017, Seite 36 und 37

Interview with Smartbees coordinator Kaspar Bienefeld: Diversität wird oft falsch verstanden
Deutsches Bienenjournal“. (German Bee Journal), iss 2/2015 link

Bienefeld, K. (2014); Zuchterfolg oder genetische Vielfalt bei der Honigbiene?
Schweizer Bienen-Zeitung 137(12), 12-15

Bienefeld, K. (2015); Bienen-Landflucht bringt Probleme,
VDL Nachrichten 65(1), 11
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"Melissokomiko Vima" (beekeeping journal of the Federation of Greek Beekeepers' Associations); here is the pdf of the article.
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Luciana Ioana Fetea, Conferinta apicola la Oradea - Protocolul de testare a performantei -un ghid pentru apicultori, crescatori de matci si amelioratori in Europa
Romania apicola - bee journal of Romanian Beekeepers Association, March 2016 p 20-23

Andone Estonba, Maria Bouga, Per Kryger, Marina Meixner, Informatii pentru apicultorii care sprijina actiunea de furnizare a probelor de albine in cadrul proiectului european SMARTBEES
Romania apicola - bee journal of Romanian Beekeepers Association, June 2015 p3-6

Alex Uzunov, Ralph Buchler Proiectul Smart - Noi orizonturi in ameliorarea albinelor
Romania apicola - bee journal of Romanian Beekeepers Association,April 2015 p4-6

Adrian Siceanu, Eliza Cauia; Albina -un patrimoniu unic pentru biodiversitate
Romania apicola - bee journal of Romanian Beekeepers Association, Jan.2015 p2-5
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Bienefeld K (2016) Breeding success or genetic diversity in honey bees? Bee World (in press)

Büchler R, Uzunov A (2016) Selecting for Varroa Resistance in German Honey Bee, Bee World (in press)

Campbell E M, McIntosh C H, Bowman A S (2016) A Toolbox for Quantitative Gene Expression in Varroa destructor: RNA Degradation in Field Samples and Systematic Analysis of Reference Gene Stability. PLoS ONE. 11, 5, 0155640

Di Prisco G, Annoscia D, Margiotta M, Ferrara R, Varricchio P, Zanni V, Caprio E, Nazzi F, Pennacchio F (2016) A mutualistic symbiosis between a parasitic mite and a pathogenic virus undermines honey bee immunity and health. Proceedings of the National Society of Sciences 113: 3203–3208, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1523515113

Hu H, Bienefeld K, Wegener J, Zautke F, Hao Y, Feng M, Han B, Fang Y,  Wubie A, Li J (2016) Proteome analysis of the hemolymph, mushroom body, and antenna provides novel insight into honeybee resistance against Varroa infestation. Journal of Proteome Research 18: 2841-2854.
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Annoscia D, Di Prisco G, Margiotta M, Ferrara R, Varricchio P, Zanni V, Caprio E, Nazzi F, Pennacchio F (2016) Varroa destructor and Deformed Wing Virus are linked in a mutualistic symbiosis accounting for their major role in honeybee colony collapses. Proceedings of the 7th European Conference of Apidology. Cluj- Napoca, Romania, PP 133

Annoscia D, Di Prisco G, Margiotta M, Ferrara R, Varricchio P, Zanni V, Caprio E, Nazzi F, Pennacchio F (2016) - Il parassita Varroa destructor e il virus delle ali deformi sono legati da una simbiosi mutualistica che rende conto dell’effetto devastante sulla salute dell’ape. Proceedings “XXV Congresso Nazionale Italiano di Entomologia”, Padova, 20-24 June 2016, PP 228

Bienefeld K (2016) The Smartbees project. Proceedings of the 7th European Conference of Apidology. Cluj- Napoca, Romania, PP 131

Bienefeld K, Jones H (2015) The status and prospects of Apis cerana. Proceedings of the 44th APIMONDIA International Apicultural Congress, Daejeon, Sept.15th - 19th, Korea

Büchler R, Bienkowska M, Cauia E, Costa C, Dahle B, Kretavicius J, Kovacic M, Kryger P, Lima A S Mondet F, Panasiuk B, Parejo M, Pinto A, Wilde J (2016) Low Varroa mite reproduction in European honey bees. Proceedings of the 7th European Conference of Apidology. Cluj- Napoca, Romania, PP 133-134

Büchler R, Uzunov A, Bienefeld K (2016) Smartbees project - Breeding for mite resistance and preservation of honeybee diversity in Europe. 2016 XXV International Congress of Entomology. 25-30 September 2016, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Campbell E, Stead D, Bowman A S (2016) Proteomic analysis of Varroa destructor saliva: do factors in mite saliva affect bee immuno-competence? Proceedings of the 7th European Conference of Apidology. Cluj- Napoca, Romania, PP 136

Cauia E, Siceanu A, Colta T, Spulber R.,Visan G O, Patruica S (2016) A preliminary study regarding the crude protein level in wintering honeybees in colonies with different varroa infestation level. Proceedings of the 7th European Conference of Apidology. Cluj- Napoca, Romania, PP 148.

Cauia E, Siceanu A, Visan G O (2016) Some critical points in the evaluation of VSH and the results of a first study in Romania. Proceedings of the COLOSS/RNSBB Workshop, Thessaloniki, Greece, PP 1.

Dahle B, Kryger P (2015) SMARTBEES a new EU project on honey bees. Proceedings of the ?th Nordic-Baltic Apicultural Research Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark,

Di Prisco G, Ferrara R Iannaccone M, Caprio E, Varricchio P, Annoscia D, Nazzi F, Capparelli R, Pennachio F (2016) Neonicotinoids and immunity. Proceedings of the 7th European Conference of Apidology. Cluj- Napoca, Romania, PP 135-136.

Di Prisco G, Ferrara R, Iannaccone M, Caprio E, Varricchio P, Annoscia D, Nazzi F, Capparelli R, Pennacchio F (2016) - Neonicotinoidi e immunità. Proceedings “XXV Congresso Nazionale Italiano di Entomologia”, Padova, 20-24 June 2016, PP 230

Emmanouil N, Bouga M, Papoutsis L (2015) « SMARTBEES» A European Research Project for the Sustainable Management of Resistant Bee Populations, Proceedings of the 16th Panhellenic Entomological Conference, 20-23 October 2015, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, p.65

Golubovski M, Pavlov B, Kiprijanovska H, Uzunov A, Meixner M (2016) Monitoring of honey bee diversity in the Republic of Macedonia, COLOSS/RNSBB WS, 22-23 April 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece. PP 8

Han H, Bienefeld K, Wegener J, Zautke F, Hao Y, Feng M, Han B, Fang Y, Li J (2016) Proteomic analysis of hygienic behaviour in Apis mellifera carnica. Proceedings of the 7th European Conference of Apidology. Cluj- Napoca, Romania, PP 137

Meixner M D (2016) The international SMARTBEES project - preserving the biodiversity of honey bees in Europe and developing sustainable strategies for the Varroa problem. Proc. 3rd International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health & Policy, July 18-20 2016, Pennsylvania State University, USA, PP 17

Meixner M D, Chen X, Bouga M, Coffey M F, Dahle B, Estonba A, Ilyasov R, Kretavicius J, Kryger P, Montes I, Nikolenko A G, Oleksa A, Papoutsi L, Poskryakov A V, Sharipov A Y, Shi W, Tofilski A, Ringborg R (2016) Genetic and morphometric variation of A. mellifera mellifera across its range. Proceedings of the 7th European Conference of Apidology. Cluj- Napoca, Romania, PP 137-138

Nazzi F, Pennacchio F (2016) Impact of biotic and abiotic stressors on honey bee health (Apis mellifera). Book of abstracts “XXV International Congress of Entomology”, Orlando, Florida, USA, September PP 25-30

Papoutsis L, Bouga M, Meixner M D, Kryger P, Emmanouil M (2016) Is the possible genetic variability of Varroa destructor associated with this of Apis mellifera? Proceeding s of the 7th European Conference of Apidology, 7 -  9 September 2016, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, PP 59

Pennacchio F, Nazzi F (2016) Honey bee-parasite immune suppression by parasites and pathogens. Book of abstracts “XXV International Congress of Entomology”, Orlando, Florida, USA, September 25-30

Siceanu A, Cauia E, Visan G O, Cauia D (2016) Preliminary study regarding infestation level of Varroa (Varroa destructor) correlated with honeybee colonies survival in a case study in Romania. Proceedings of the 7th European Conference of Apidology. Cluj- Napoca, Romania, PP 134-135.

Uzunov A, Büchler R,Bienefeld K (2016) Genetic improvement of European honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) populations. Proceedings of the 7th European Conference of Apidology. Cluj- Napoca, Romania, PP 132

Uzunov A, Büchler R, Bienefeld K (2016) Activities for genetic improvement of A. m. mellifera within the SMARTBEES project. Proceeding of the 2016 SICAMM conference “The Dark Bee Project, Lunteren, The Netherlands
Uzunov A, Büchler R, Bienefeld K (2016) SMARTBEES – Verbesserung der Attraktivität lokaler Bienenpopulationen (Apis mellifera L.), 63. Jahrestagung der AG der Institute für Bienenforschung e.V., 22-24 March 2016, Braunschweig, Germany (in press)

Uzunov A, Büchler R (2016) , Regional networking for improvement of local bee populations in Europe, COLOSS/B-RAP WS20-21 April 2016, Thessaloniki, Greece. PP 8

Zanni V, Galbraith D, Annoscia D, Bortolomeazzi R, Grozinger C, Nazzi F (2016) Pollen is more than just food for the honey bees. Proceedings “XXV Congresso Nazionale Italiano di Entomologia”, Padova, 20-24 June 2016, PP 248

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