INITIATIVE

„BLESABEE is an international network to connect multiple actors to move towards chemical-free beekeeping, healthy bees and healthy humans. Here you can find testimonials, good practices and recommendations from experts who shape the current beekeeping agenda as well as inspiring and motivating stories of beekeepers.“

PARTNERS

Platform initiators are organizations whose mission is to carry out research, education and development of apiculture at national and international level.

The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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The worldwide situation for bees is clear. Loss of landscape diversity and bee pasture, contaminated water, multiple pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen are some of the most communicated reasons why honeybees are dying. In addition, the mite Varroa destructor and viruses significantly worsen the survival of honeybees. These are some stress factors contributing to massive colony losses over the past 20 years all over the world. We are losing pollinators and, along with them, hundreds of years of developing beekeepers’ traditions, for whom, beekeeping is a livelihood and lasting fulfillment in life. To increase the survival chances of bees, we need to know their needs and improve their health and vitality. We need to :

B

Minimize the amount and type of poisons present inside and outside of beehives.

C

Stop treating with chemicals the honeybee colonies infected with Varroa mites.

D

Ensure a continuous supply of clean water, nectar and diverse pollen from spring to autumn.

CHAPTERS

B

Factors threatening the life of bees

Bees are exposed to an increasing pressure resulting from environmental pollution and loss of their natural habitat. Which honeybee products are the most contaminated and how do pesticides accumulate and interact with each other? Are wax uncapping from fresh honeycombs suitable for the production of wax foundations? Can the contact with acaricides have negative effect on the ability of honeybees and the brood to resist viral infections? These are only few from many questions that we asked the researcher and beekeeper Dr. Romani Slavík.

External
Stress Factors

Internal
Stress Factors

„Reducing harmful substances that damage honeybee health and their immune system remains the most important task not only for beekeepers, but for all those who make decisions and influence our country’s development.“

C

Annual chemical-free treatment plan against Varroa mites

The presence of Varroa mites has fundamentally changed beekeeping practices. After more than thirty years of controlling mites by means of pesticides, we have to acknowledge that today’s situation is much worse than when we started. The solution is to learn new, chemical-free methods, which are based on deep knowledge about the biology of pests and honeybees. These various biotechnical methods allow us to practice beekeeping without synthetic harmful substances and aggressive organic acids.

Biology of varroa
Destructor

Biotechnical
methods

Heat treatment
of capped brood

Treatment of mites
attached on bees

Prof. Wolfgang Wimmer

Expert | Ecodesign company GmbH | AT

Prof. Wolfgang Wimmer teaches how to successfully control the Varroa mites by means of the heat treatment method. For this purpose, he created an annual plan that explains how to combat Varroa mites throughout the year without the use of chemicals.

„I am fully convinced that we cannot expect having healthier bees with putting more chemicals into the beehives.“

Prof. Wolfgang Wimmer

Expert | Ecodesign company GmbH | AT

Prof. Wolfgang Wimmer teaches how to successfully control the Varroa mites by means of the heat treatment method. For this purpose, he created an annual plan that explains how to combat Varroa mites throughout the year without the use of chemicals.

„I am fully convinced that we cannot expect having healthier bees with putting more chemicals into the beehives.“

Rosa Käfer

Beekeeper, Uttendorf

Listen to the truthful story of Rosa Käfer, a beekeeper from Uttendorf in Austria about her beekeeping beginnings and her reasons to buy the Varroa Controller for her very first beehive.

„My colleagues laughed at me. I could read their thoughts very well. I always planned to increase step-by-step the number of my beehives, multiply them and sell them.“

Rosa Käfer

Včelárka, Uttendorf

Listen to the truthful story of Rosa Käfer, a beekeeper from Uttendorf in Austria about her beekeeping beginnings and her reasons to buy the Varroa Controller for her very first beehive.

„My colleagues laughed at me. I could read their thoughts very well. I always planned to increase step-by-step the number of my beehives, multiply them and sell them. My decision to buy a Varroa Controller at the same time as my first bee colony was right, because caring for bees starts with the first hive and not with the fifth, sixth, or tenth colony.“

D

Factors contributing to bee health

Beekeeping is a demanding activity, because it combines many factors and interdisciplinary knowledge that influence each other. A presumable weak factor might become dominant and determine the success of beekeeping. Not only the queens genetics, but also the way of thinking of the beekeepers and his/her ability to respond to changes and to constantly acquire new knowledge are important key factors.

Queen Breeding
and Genetics

Honeybee
Management

Quality of Honeybee
Pasture

Closed Wax
Cycle

Honeybee Symbiotic
Organisms

Importance of Propolis
to Bees

E

Beekeeping Practical Calendar and online tests provide additional advices and knowledge.

F

Vespa velutina

Avez-vous entendu parler du redoutable Vespa velutina, le frelon asiatique qui se répand dans toute l’Europe? Comment sont-ils arrivés ici, et quelles sont les raisons de leur invasion massive sur notre continent? Quelle menace représentent-ils pour la biodiversité et la santé humaine? Quels sont leurs impacts sur l’apiculture? Quelle est l’influence du changement climatique, des activités économiques humaines et des mesures législatives sur leur propagation? Lisez cette section pour découvrir ce qu’il en est réellement et ce que l’on peut faire pour y remédier.

Biologie du frelon Vespa velutina

Mesures contre la propagation du frelon

Information
pour le public

Informations pour les collectivités locales

EVENTS

11th Beekeeping Fair

DATE
28. September 2019

PLACE
Stredná odborná škola,
Pod Bánošom 80, Banská Bystrica

PROGRAMME
09:30 – 17:00

43rd National bee health congress

DATE
25. – 27. October 2019

PLACE
Mâcon – FRANCE

PROGRAMME
09:00 – 18:00

New Paradigm Shift

DATE
8. December 2019

PLACE
FVES Uherské Hradište,
Studentské náměstí 1531, 686 01 Uherské Hradiště

PROGRAMME
09:00 – 18:00

EXPERTS

Dr. HELENA PROKOVÁ
SLOVAKIA

Coordinator of the international network of beekeepers using hyperthermia in beekeeping, beekeeping lecturer at FVES in Uherské Hradiště (CZ), active beekeeper, coordinator of BLESABEE international network

Ing. PAVEL FIĽO
SLOVAKIA

Director of the Secondary Vocational School in Banská Bystrica (SK) with focus on beekeeping, member of the Executive Committee of Slovak Beekeeping Association (SZV), lecturer for beekeeping, National Coordinator of International Non-Profit Organization of Young Beekeepers (IMYB)

Doc. Ing. RÓBERT CHLEBO, PhD.
SLOVAKIA

Lecturer and researcher at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra specializing in beekeeping. SZV Vice-Chairman for Foreign Relations, coordinator of the European monitoring group of colony deaths COLOSS for the Slovak Republic and member of the EIP-AGRI Expert Group of the European Commission for Sustainable Apiculture and active beekeeper.

Dr. Juraj Toporčák
SLOVAKIA

Lecturer and researcher at the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice, visiting university lecturer at foreign European universities and vocational schools

Dr. Roman Slavík
CZECH REPUBLIC

Chemical engineer, specialist in environmental quality and environmental technologies, university lecturer at FVES in Uherské Hradiště, chairman of the Czech Beekeepers Association, (CZV OO Zlín) and active beekeeper.

Ing. JIŘÍ KALENDA
CZECH REPUBLIC

Chairman of the Czech Beekeepers Association Zlín (CZV OO Zlin), member of the committee and bee health veterinary officer of the CZV, OO Zlín, lecturer of the CSV, z.s., organizer of the national beekeeping competition Česká včela and the annual national event Beekeeping Academy.

Prof. WOLFGANG WIMMER
AUSTRIA

Active beekeeper, inventor of the Varroa Controller, professor at the Technical University of Vienna, Managing Director of the ECODESIGN company GmbH, holder of three gold medals for dry honey wine Medula & Wolfgang

Ing. DANIEL PFEIFENBERGER
AUSTRIA

Professional beekeeper, beekeeping expert, co-owner and beekeeper of the Bienenhof center in Salzburg, holder of the silver medal of the World Spirit Award 2018 for his honey infused gin GIN BIEN

KURT TRATSCH
AUSTRIA

Professional beekeeper, lecturer at the beekeeping vocational school in Warth, Lower Austria. In 2002-2003 he worked as a master beekeeper in Chile. Currently manages 300 colonies along with his wife Renate Tratsch, with whom he runs also the queen breeding station. 

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