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Current Beekeeping Research

This page provides information on current beekeeping research which the SBA is involved in, or is supporting.

Pollen Diversity Research - New Project

An international  project for the assessment of the diversity of pollen available to honey bees began in 2013 in several European countries and is now expanding. This is the COLOSS CSI (Citizen Scientist Investigation) Pollen project, co-ordinated from the Netherlands and Austria. With SBA support, Magnus Peterson and Alison Gray are planning for Scotland to participate in the CSI Pollen project. Participating beekeepers will collect pollen samples from their bees at designated sampling times, will count the number of different colours of pollen present and return the information to the international database. The Scottish project will be run from the University of Strathclyde. Full details of the project and how to participate are available. More information ...

Native Dark Bee Breeding Project

There is further information below and from the Quick Link above

Varroa Mapping Project in Scotland

The current status if this research is detailed on a separate page. More information...

University of Strathclyde / SBA Member Surveys for monitoring of colony loss rates

Staff at the University of Stratchlyde work closely with the SBA to carry out regular surveys of SBA members, and this research is described in more detail on a separate page. More information ...

Dundee University / SBA surveys

Staff at Dundee University also collaborate with the SBA to undertake surveys on colony health and losses. More information ...

Native Dark Bee Breeding Project

Native Dark Bee Breeding Project in Wester Ross

Margie Ramsay BSc MPhil

This project started in 2010 with the aim of conserving and propagating colonies of native dark bees detected in the far North of Scotland.  These bees were originally identified by Bernard Morbus from the Rowett Research Institute from stocks at Maud in Aberdeenshire.  Colonies were later sold to beekeepers in the remote North Highlands in the 1980s where they have been maintained in relative isolation and been determined as of good Apis mellifera mellifera morphometry.  The SBA is indebted to the beekeepers who maintain these pure stocks for their support and help in this project.

You can read more about the project by downlaoding the PDF file, using the quick link at the top of the page.