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Honeybee health initiatives award launched by Vita

vitalogoBeekeeping associations across the world are invited to enter a new Vita award for honeybee health initiatives.

Anyone can nominate a group. The entry form is short and straight-forward.

The Vita Bee Initiative Awards will highlight the vital work of voluntary beekeeping groups to combat the ongoing health threats to honeybees and publicise good practice for the benefit of other beekeepers.

Winners of the Award will receive trophies and equipment such as microscopes to a value of €250 to help them in maintaining healthy honeybee colonies. Entrants will also receive a limited edition booklet highlighting the best projects. Many projects will also be publicised online for the benefit of beekeeping communities across the world.

Jeremy Owen, Sales Director for Vita (Europe) Ltd, said: “As a honeybee health specialist with distributors across the world, we never cease to be impressed by the resourcefulness of beekeepers in countering the series of health threats that have put honeybee populations at risk in recent years.

“In our travels we have encountered initiatives to promote healthy honeybees and we thought it would be very valuable for these activities to gain a wider audience. We are therefore delighted to announce Vita Bee Initiative Awards recognising local honeybee health initiatives across the world.”

The Vita Bee Initiative Awards are open to any beekeeping group, large or small, in any part of the world. An international panel of beekeeping experts will adjudicate.

Examples of eligible projects or initiatives include:

  • co-operation of neighbouring beekeepers to tackle a local or widespread honeybee health threat
  • schemes such as mentoring to help new beekeepers with a particular focus on honeybee health
  • providing access to specialist equipment to identify diseases
  • specialist courses, meetings or regular events to target particular health threats
  • online activities (websites, social media and/or email groups) addressing health issues for a particular beekeeping group
  • disease identification skills transfer to young, new or inexperienced beekeepers.

All sorts of initiatives will be eligible, but honeybee health should always be a significant if not the only focus of the entry. An indication of successful outcomes will be beneficial.

The closing date is 31 July 2015  10 July 2015. Vita will announce the winners at Apimondia 2015 in Korea in September.

Entries should be submitted by email to awards@vita-europe.com. Photographs, video, audio recordings and other supporting material may also be submitted through attachments or weblinks. (See below for details.)

Entries should contain the following information:

Contact Details
Name
Organisation if appropriate
Address
Telephone
Email

Initiative Title (max 20 words)

Summary (max 150 words)

Initiative Outline — including aims, who is involved, timescales, results (max 1000 words)

Additional materials — web links are preferred, but emailed attachments are acceptable if they do not exceed 4 MB in total.

Notes To Editors

Vita (Europe) Limited is a mite control and honeybee health specialist. It is the world’s largest dedicated supplier of honeybee health products to the honey and pollination industries. With a rigorous and ethical approach to research and development into honeybee health, Vita has no commercial interests in crop pesticides or crop breeding that may be harmful to honeybees.

Vita researches, develops, and manufactures a range of honeybee health products. Its headquarters are in the UK, it has offices in Italy, France and Russia, and partners across the globe. These products are marketed internationally through a network of 60 distributors in 50 countries.

Vita’s honeybee health product range includes anti-varroa acaricides – Apistan® (outside the USA/Canada) and Apiguard® – chalkbrood and wax moth controlsfoulbrood diagnostic kits and health-promoting feeds. Vita also supplies Asian hornet traps, Small Hive Beetle traps and swarm lures. Vita products have been registered by more than 60 veterinary authorities.

Vita promotes sustainable beekeeping through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Its treatments are designed to inhibit the build-up of resistance and wherever possible contain natural compounds and biological controls that are benign to all but the target pests.

Vita invests a very high proportion of its turnover in research and development. Research partners include universities such as Cardiff, Milan, Udine and Naples and institutes such as the Tierhygienisches Institut (Institute of Animal Health) in Freiburg, Germany, the UK Central Science Laboratory and the USDA in America. Vita’s innovative research and development work has been recognised by and has received support from the UK Government.

As a result of its primary research of natural control agents, Vita is currently engaged in new projects exploring mite control in the agriculture, veterinary, and horticulture industries as well as public health and human allergen control.

See www.vita-europe.com for more information and a web app which can be accessed at www.healthybeeguide.com.

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