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BEENET - BeeNet is a project to monitor the health of bees in Italy in the field and to respond to emergencies mass deaths of the colonies. The project is funded through an agreement between CRA and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and is creating a network of hives in Italy to monitoring the environment.




COLOSS (COlony LOSSes) -  A group of scientists, veterinarians, beekeepers, and students from over 60 countries that are working together to better understand honey bee health and to prevent the high numbers of colony deaths that are occurring in many regions of the world.




    STRANOVA STRANOVA aims to deepen the knowledge of Varroa and Nosema and make available to           beekeepers  protect their hives.


PP-ICON (Plant Pollinator Integrated CONservation approach: a demonstrative proposal) - A project to safeguard biodiversity: integrated conservation of a rare threatened species and the community of its natural pollinators, with repercussions on ecosystem health through the restoration of plant-pollinator equilibrium.




The Sicilian bee Apis mellifera siciliana, has lived on the island for thousands of years, but currently risks extinction due to mass importation and use of the “Italian” bee Apis mellifera ligustica. This occurred in the 1970s and 80s when Sicilian beekeepers started to convert to large scale professional honey production and thus replaced the traditional hives called bugni, made from ferula stalks, and began to import bees from the north of Italy, which they considered more suitable for the modern hives. The Sicilian bee can be distinguished from the Italian bee by its dark color (indeed, it is commonly called “ape nera”) and smaller wings. According to beekeepers, when not crossed with other subspecies it is a very docile bee. It is adapted to the Sicilian hot climate, and at high temperatures, when other bees stop foraging, they are still active. CRA - API (Agriculture Research Council- Research Unit for Apiculture and Sericulture) is coordinating the “APESLOW” project, where the universities of Catania and Palermo, professional beebreeder Carlo Amodeo, SlowFood association and the Sicilian Animal Health Institute are involved. The aim of the project is the reintroduction of the autochthonous black bee on the main island throughthe establishment of protected mating stations and dissemination of information concerning the black bee and conservation techniques. 



The project Status and Trends of European Pollinators (STEP) will document the nature and extent of these declines, examine functional traits associated with particular risk, develop a Red List of important European pollinator groups, in particular bees and lay the groundwork for future pollinator monitoring programmes.





"C.S.I. Pollen "is a task force of the international network of researchers COLOSS. The aim of the project is to assess the pollen biodiversity available in Europe. 15 European nations are involved with their beekeepers. In fact, in this project the beekeepers are protagonist: each participant must collect 20 grams of pollen from 3 hives, every 3 weeks for a total of 9 times in 2014. The "detective beekeeper" will identify how many different colors are distinguishable in the pollen sample.

CSI Pollen Manual (eng version)


Valle d'Aosta Piemonte Lombardia Trentino - Alto Adige Estero Friuli - Venezia Giulia Veneto Emilia-Romagna Toscana Liguria Marche Umbria Abruzzo Lazio Campania Basilicata Calabria Sicilia Sardegna Puglia Puglia Puglia