Identifying research priorities in bee health and sustainable pollination
Since honey production and pollination are important components of sustainable agriculture and food security, an EU Scientific workshop on bee health and pollination was organised on 10 March 2016 to support the identification of areas for possible research under Horizon 2020.
The importance of the topic is reflected by a number of research projects in the areas of bee health and pollination conducted by the Member States as well as under the 6th and 7th EU Research Framework Programmes. These projects have contributed to the progress made in the knowledge about bee biology and the role of bees on delivering pollination services. The European Food Safety Agency constituted in 2012 a multidisciplinary task force (“EFSA bee task force”) to identify cross-cutting issues, research needs and provide recommendations for the environmental risk assessment of multiple stressors on bees.
During the workshop which took place on 10 March 2016, following the results presented from the EC projects and an expert knowledge elicitation approach, 18 recommendations were ranked according to two criteria: (i) to promote apiculture and sustainable pollination and (ii) to increase understanding of the bee biology and interactions at the ecosystem level. The results showed a large variation in expert opinions. The discussions are described in the workshop report .
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