‘Samen Imkeren’ means ‘Keeping Bees Together’.
The second phase of this cooperative project between various Dutch beekeepers’ organisations has now been approved. The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV). The project is coordinated by Bijen@wur. DDB was involved in the first phase of this project and aims to participate in the second phase as well.
During this new phase a variety of aspects will be researched in connection with colonies in which Varroa is not chemically treated. The colonies are supplied by various beekeepers’ organisations that have stopped treating against Varroa since a number of years already: BioDynamic Beekeepers, Vitale Bij, Bijen@wur and DDB.
The project aims at more robust and resilient honeybees, with the emphasis on resistance to Varroa. In this approach, not only the colonies are targeted, but also possibilities for practical application of results obtained.
See also: https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/kennisonline/EU-Honey-Programme.htm.