Special Issue "Losses of Honey Bee Colonies in Winter"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Alison Gray
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Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Interests: honey bees; colony losses and risk factors; bee health and management; statistics; morphometry; Apis mellifera subspecies; citizen science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Honey bees are the most important pollinators of food crops across the world, as well as pollinating wild plants. As honey bee health and survival are so essential for pollination and the ecosystem, losses of honey bee colonies cause concern. Widespread and well-publicised losses of honey bees in winter 2006/2007, characterised as Colony Collapse Disorder, triggered greatly increased research into colony losses but also the raised levels of awareness of honey bees and the environment. Concerns about the environment, ecology, biodiversity and sustainability, and associated publicity about the plight of honey bees have led to many new beekeepers becoming active. Therefore, the study of colony losses generally, and monitoring of levels of colony losses, has become an ongoing core part of honey bee research, for example, through the COLOSS research association, the SOLATINA network in Latin America, and in numerous other research efforts across the world.

In this Special Issue of Insects, we are focusing on colony losses in winter, which are of concern in many countries where winter is the season when most colony losses occur. Of course, annual losses are also important. Relevant articles for this issue may provide an overview of winter loss rates in a particular country or group of countries, investigate patterns of colony winter loss, assess risk factors and stressors of honey bees, including environmental issues, discuss management practices to reduce winter losses, or control of pests and diseases, address beekeepers’ concerns for their bees, or study losses/survival of feral bees, for example. However, these topics are not exhaustive, and contributed papers are invited on any areas relevant to honey bee winter losses.

Dr. Alison Gray
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • honey bees
  • bee mortality
  • health and wellbeing
  • colony losses
  • risk factors for winter loss
  • beekeeping
  • management practices
  • environmental threats
  • pests and diseases

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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