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Bee survival model adopted by industry

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Professor Juliet Osborne and colleagues at the University of Exeter, and formerly at Rothamsted Research, used BBSRC funding to create a computer model of bee colony health and survival under different conditions. The model is freely available, user-friendly, and predicts how well bee colonies fare in different landscapes and when exposed to threats such as disease and pesticides, based on the latest science.

Data breakout

£577bn Estimated annual global value of pollinator-dependent crops
¾ Fraction of global crop types which rely on pollinators
2017 Year Osborne won BBSRC Social Innovator of the Year
£766k Funding from BBSRC to create BEEHAVE

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) are using this model as the basis for creating a regulatory model, which they will recommend industry and other users employ when assessing threats to bees, for example from pesticides. Syngenta and Bayer are already using it to evaluate how their pesticides affect bee colonies, and promoting it to the worldwide agrochemical industry.

Osborne won BBSRC Social Innovator of the Year 2017 for creating this model.

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Bee survival model adopted by industry (PDF 1.94MB)

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