A while ago we decided to start a new consortium about honeybee health in Argentina. It will be based on surveys on bee-keepers and their practices and on field observations. There are already such monitoring programs around the world but South America is a white spot.
The concerns for the effects of honeybee declines have spurred several large-scale survey initiatives of honeybee health around the world1-3 to record rates of honeybee colony loss and their potential drivers, such as pests and pathogens. These surveys aim to increase the understanding of the current decline of honeybees. United States and Europe already have well developed honeybee surveys, however, no large-scale survey is yet developed in South America.
Therefore, we recently started an a national scale survey of honeybee health in Argentina4, which host the largest population of managed honeybee colonies in South America. It is also one of the top honey producing countries in the world. We developed a volunteer-based survey using a standardized questionnaire and diffused it in a national network of bee-keepers.
We now urge people to spread the online survey, found HERE, to bee-keepers in South America, especially in Argentina.
More info can be found in the publication about the survey in American Bee Journal4
1. Seitz N., et al., 2016, A national survey of managed honey bee 2014–2015 annual colony losses in the USA. Journal of Apicultural Research, 54, 292-304
2. Chauzat M.P., Bougeard S., Hendrikx P., and Ribière-Chabert M., 2016, Risk indicators affecting honey bee colony survival in Europe: one year of surveillance. Apidologie, DOI: 10.1007/s13592-016-0440-z
3. Pirk C.W.W., Human H., Crewe R.M., and vanEngelsdorp D., 2014, A survey of managed honey bee colony losses in the Republic of South Africa–2009 to 2011. Journal of Apicultural Research, 53(1), 35-42.
4. Requier F., Garcia N., Andersson G. K. S., Oddi F., Garibaldi L. A., 2016, Honey bee colony losses: What is happening in South America, American Bee Journal, 156:1247-1250