pan-european assessment, monitoring, and mitigation of stressors on the health of bees
PoshBee research: an integrated system for field studies on honey bees
In order to facilitate semi-field and field experiments on honey bees, PoshBee partners proposed a novel integrated system of research equipment.
The system’s main component is the Study Frame (Figure 1). It is constructed so that one or both sides can be fitted with a queen excluder cover held in place with clips. Each side of the top bar is laser-engraved with a unique identifier.
The second important item is the Converter Hive (Figure 2) which utilises the power of a large colony to create a study colony with a pre-determined and consistent number of adults and developing bees.
The equipment also includes a robust unit, integrating a hive stand, floor, varroa tray, support for scales, dead bee trap, and pollen trap, in order to simplify installation and use and deliver better data. Finally, the system also encompasses a Photographic Apparatus constructed for taking consistent high definition photographs of the brood.
Find out more about the integrated system of equipment here.