The beeguards Podcast

BeeGuards aims to strengthen the resilience of the European beekeeping sector and beyond by providing sustainable management practices, novel breeding strategies and by developing analytic and digital forecasting tools to enable the sector to adapt to a changing environment.

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6 days ago

Become a part of the BeeGuards. Citizens Scientist – Beekeeping protocol
As a part of BeeGuards we invite all beekeepers to become a part of our exciting project, doing your share on comparing a new innovative varroa treatment strategi and you “normal” varroa strategi. Listen to Marin Kovačić from Croatia, presenting the Beekeepers Protocol. Putting light on what your involvement could bee in the future. Bee a part of a more sustainably beekeeping in the future. Have a listen!
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Monday Jul 01, 2024

Good question! Listen to Raffaele explaining how you can bee involved, even become asked about your opinion. How you can influence such a big project. Our MAF group is with around 250 stakeholders. Feel free to join, sign up on this mail:

Thursday May 30, 2024

BeeGuards "WP2 - Innovative Breeding" is about to enter its pivotal phase for the current year, as the honey bee mating season is approaching in most European countries; in this episode, we will feature the interview with Raffaele Dall'Olio (BeeSources) who is running the study in Italy in collaboration with CREA. As Italy is the southernmost country involved in WP2, don't be surprised when Raffaele will tell you that both 'conventional' and 'innovative' mating stations are already open!  

BeeGuards in 15 min

Thursday Mar 28, 2024

Thursday Mar 28, 2024

On a bench close to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, we did meet the coordinator of the BeeGuards: Cecilia Costa. Simply question: What is BeeGuards about? Understand the project within 20 min.


The BeeGuards consortium comprises 27 partners from 15 countries, including universities, research institutes, IT companies, beekeeping companies, associations and advisors.

Through a multi actor approach and an open and inclusive design of the work program, the BeeGuards team embeds a wide and diversified range of stakeholders.

As a community during this 4-year project, we will perform an international field study evaluating and validating an innovative threshold-based management concept and an accelerated breeding strategy for resilience.

Complementary investigations will elucidate the ways in which management and climate act on honey bees and other pollinators.

Our open and participatory actions include the development of a long-term self-sustaining community tool: a WikiBEEdia website where we will share and promote innovative concepts and BeeGuards results, including a Quest for sustainable beekeeping practices.

BeeGuards will show how to protect pollinator biodiversity, to ensure the future provision of pollination services, preparing the European apicultural sector to meet the climate challenge. 

Horizon Europe research and innovation programme Grant Agreement No. 101082073

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