Selection and Establishment varoatolerant bee colonies VSH/SMR - short SETBie in BW

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Ministerium für Ernährung, Ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz

Federal State



Kernerplatz 10
70182 Stuttgart

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Selection and Establishment varoatolerant bee colonies VSH/SMR - short SETBie in BW

Project description

The varroamite causes enourmous damages, high losses of bee colonies and forces the beekeepers regularily to chemical treatments. Therefore a breeding solution for  selection of varroatolerant bee colonies via the feature "Varroa-Sensitive-Hygiene" (VSH = dispelling of varroainfected brood-cells) has to be established. In the project bee colonies will be characterized with an innovative combination of genetical methods. This combination of molecular methods will be complemented with classical examinations and vitality-tests. The breeding material will be tested genetically and this enables the establishment of genitical markers relevant to VSH. With the use of positiv selected bee colonies on mating stations (isolated places for mating of bee-queens) the quality "varroatolerance" shall be spread to the common bee-breeding in the country. Furthermore through the integration of the beekeeper associations and the development of a cost-efficient marker-selection the premiss is created to enable the VSH-selection on an broad basis beyond the project-period to reduce the chemical treatments and the losses of bee colonies.

Final report

Results and the Final report will be found here, as soon as the project is completed.

Key words

  • Farming practice/activity
  • Animal husbandry
  • Genetic resource

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

Landsiedlung BW GmbH
Postfach 102961
70025 Stuttgart

Phone: 07351 - 352 3101


Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Farmer
  • Farmer

Begin of project


Project status


Total budget applied for in EUR




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