Presentation on theme: "Latest (EC funded) research projects on bees and pollinators"— Presentation transcript:
1 Latest (EC funded) research projects on bees and pollinators Béla ATZÉL, PhDplanning and programming officerAgri-Food ChainEuropean CommissionDirectorate-General for Research & Innovation
2 Structure of the presentation 1) Completed projects2) On-going projects3) Future perspectives
3 1) Completed projects FP6 BRAVE - Bee research and virology in Europe - identifying the research needs for protecting European agriculture and ecosystems against viral diseases (2005)ALARM - Assessing LArge-scale environmental Risks with tested Methods ( )BEE SHOP - Bees in Europe and Sustainable Honey Production ( )
4 FP7BEE DOC - Bees in Europe and the decline of honeybee colonies ( )CLEANHIVE - Detecting the Pathogen that Threatens European Honey Bees ( )APIFRESH - Developing European standards for bee pollen and royal jelly: quality, safety and authenticity ( )
5 2) On-going EC funded research 5 projects, funded by FP7 instruments:FP7-KBBE - FP7 Specific Programme 'Cooperation' - Research Theme: 'Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology'FP7-ENVIRONMENT - FP7 Specific Programme 'Cooperation'- Research Theme: 'Environment (including climate change)'FP7-SME - FP7 - Research theme: Research for the benefit of SMEsFP7-IDEAS-ERC - Specific Programme 'Ideas' implementing the Seventh Framework ProgrammeTotal cost: EUREU contribution: EUR
6 Inventory of projectsSMARTBEES – Sustainable Management of Resilient Bee populations ( )AMIGA - Assessing and Monitoring the Impacts of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems ( )STEP – Status and Trends of European Pollinators ( )SWARMONITOR - development of a tool for effective diagnostic monitoring of honey bee colonies ( )SPACERADARPOLLINATOR - Space use by bees– radar tracking of spatial movement patterns of key pollinators ( )
7 SMARTBEES Sustainable Management of Resilient Bee populations (2014-2018) Project reference:Total cost:EUREU contribution:EURCoordinated in:GermanySubprogramme:KBBE Sustainable apiculture and conservation of honey bee genetic diversityCall for proposal:FP7-KBBE single-stageFunding scheme:CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)
8 Objectivesto identify crucial facets of honeybee resistance to colony losses, Varroa and viruses;to characterise the genetic background of the resistance mechanisms in honeybees;to develop breeding strategies to increase the frequencies of these valuable traits in local honeybee populations;to promote multiple local breeding efforts, to conserve local resilient populations and will develop molecular tools for describing and safeguarding future populations;to protect European natural honeybee heritage.
9 AMIGA Assessing and Monitoring the Impacts of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems ( )Project reference:Subprogramme:KBBE GM crops in the EU - systematically assessing environmental and economic impactsCall for proposal:FP7-KBBEFunding scheme:CP-IP - Large-scale integrating projectTotal cost: EUR EU contribution: EUR Coordinated in: Italy
10 Objectivesproviding baseline data on biodiversity in agro-ecosystems in the EU;defining lists of suitable bioindicators for various European regions;improving knowledge on potential long term environmental effects of genetically modified plants (GMPs);testing the efficacy of the EFSA Guidance Document (GD) for the Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) of GMPs;exploring new strategies for post market monitoring;estimating the compatibility of GMPs with the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles implemented in the EU;providing a systematic analysis of economical aspects of GMPs cultivation in the EU; andsetting a training and communication plan addressing public concerns about GMPs.
11 STEP Status and Trends of European Pollinators (2010-2015) Project reference:Total cost:EUREU contribution:EURCoordinated in:United KingdomSubprogramme:ENV Assess the pan-European status of pollinatorsCall for proposal:FP7-ENVFunding scheme:CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project
12 Objectivesto document the status and trends of pollinators (managed honeybees, wild bees and hoverflies) and animal-pollinated plant populations;to determine and analyse the multiple pressures that are driving changes in pollinators and animal-pollinated plants;to assess the impact of changes ;to evaluate and synthesise strategies to mitigate the impacts;to analyse and improve the interface between the scientific knowledge base on pollinator change assessment and policy instruments to reduce pollinator / pollination loss and mitigate its effects;to develop communication and educational links with a wide range of stakeholders and the general public.
13 SWARMONITOR Development of a tool for effective diagnostic monitoring of honey bee colonies ( )Project reference:Subprogramme:SME Research for SME associationsCall for proposal:FP7-SME-2012Funding scheme:BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupingsTotal cost:EUREU contribution:EURCoordinated in:United Kingdom
14 Objectivesto develop the first monitoring tool that would detect changes in honey bee activity within the beehive for the effective management of bees.the tool to allow beekeepers to remotely diagnose colony status without the invasive opening of hives for physical inspection.to increase the efficiency of beekeeping allowing small and hobby beekeepers to more closely manage their colonies and predict behaviour that requires intervention remotely.to allow commercial beekeepers to keep more hives over greater geographical distances so increasing their efficiency and profitability.
15 SPACERADARPOLLINATOR Space use by bees– radar tracking of spatial movement patterns of key pollinators ( )Project reference: Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERCSubprogramme:ERC-AG-LS8 - ERC Advanced Grant - Evolutionary, population and environmental biologyCall for proposal:ERC-2013-ADGFunding scheme:ERC-AG - ERC Advanced GrantTotal cost: EUR EU contribution: Coordinated in: United Kingdom
16 Objectivestransponder miniaturisation, to develop radar technology to allow coverage of areas of up to 10km2 and the exploration of the 3rd dimension of insect flight;tracking bees in three dimensions:to identify the rules of bee movements at the landscape scale,to monitor natural resource exploration and exploitationto quantify individual differences in space use.to monitor competitive interactions as well as the possibility of social learning in space use.to identify spatial movement strategies of queens and males;to increase the understanding of pollinator space use, but also for the conservation, management, and the understanding of mating patterns in the plants they pollinate.
17 3) Future perspectives FP7 is replcaced by Horizon 2020 Increase in budget, coupling research to innovation, challenge- based approach, new approach to Work Programme and Calls…THERE IS ROOM for project proposals on bees and pollinationExcellent ScienceEuropean Research Council (ERC)Industrial leadershipInnovation in SMEsSocietal ChallengesSC2: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry…SC5: Climate Action, Environment, Research Efficiency…