Chairman: Bram Cornelissen
Vice-chairman: Peter Neumann
The small hive beetle Task Force (=SHB TF) of COLOSS is composed of >40 researchers, bee health experts, and extension specialists workers from >20 countries.
Our members develop, standardise and promote diagnostic and sustainable control methods for this pest as well as conduct research aiming towards a better understanding of SHB basic biology.
Figure: Adult SHB (left) and damage caused by SHB feeding larvae (right) in a severely infested honeybee colony.
The specific aims of our SHB TF will be achieved by organizing workshops to design common experiments as well as training schools on specific subjects and reciprocal research visits (Short term Scientific Missions). We will also share ongoing research and databases electronically in order to coordinate and speed research efforts.
WG 1. SHB Diagnosis and Monitoring:
Development of novel and enhancement / standardisation of current diagnostic methods (molecular diagnostic, diagnostic strips, etc.)
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WG 2. SHB Prevention and Control
Development of novel and enhancement / standardisation of current prevention and control methods (traps, sanitation, etc.). This group will also focus on developing genomic sequences useful for RNA interference or other gene-based controls.
Jay D. Evans
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WG 3. SHB Biology
Hypothesis-driven experiments and descriptive studies to enhance our knowledge of basic SHB biology.
Download the list of participants of WG3