EU funds new bee health research unit
EU member states have agreed funding of €250,000 ($358,000) for the activities of the new EU reference laboratory on bee health, based at Sophia Antipolis, France. The laboratory, run by the French national health agency, the Anses, was established in April as part of the European Commission’s programme to investigate and halt the decline in bee populations ( Agrow No 608, p 8). Research at the unit will focus on bee diseases, but will also look at possible links with other environmental factors. Many reasons have been put forward for the loss of bees, including the use of pesticides, but an earlier EU study could not establish a direct causal link ( Agrow ibid).