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The foundations of a GIS based system for bee health - HH0818SHB

Description
This project aims:

To develop the basics of a GIS based system for bee health biosecurity data held on Beebase. This will be developed using biosecurity data generated by the DEFRA and NAW Bee Health Programmes and GIS programmes such as ArcView. This will include transfer of existing data including colony density and disease incidence and an assessment of the feasibility of displaying the data on the web in user-friendly format.

Analysis of detailed colony development data collected to date (from June 2001) by assessment of areas of brood to assess regional variations. Analysis of colony size data held on Beebase to determine whether it is suitable to determine regional differences or whether data generated by the more detailed assessments are required.

CSL has developed a Stella based varroa model which will be developed into a form which can be used via the CSL website. Transfer of the varroa model to the web will allow beekeepers to access on-line both a basic and more advanced tools to assess varroa populations. The data in the models will be supplemented by data gathered on the development of honeybee colonies throughout England and Wales to provide information on geographical variation in brood rearing periods.

To undertake literature surveys on Tropilaelaps clareae and Aethina tumida to determine the key factors which would allow their establishment in the UK which could be used to provide the basis of a GIS based risk assessment.

The results of the project will be submitted as a report to DEFRA, published on the CSL website and reviews submitted for publication in scientific journals and the trade press.
Objective
1. To develop a basic GIS based system for bee health biosecurity data held on Beebase including colony density and disease incidence
2. Analyse the data held at CSL on seasonal bee colony development on a geographical basis
3. Transfer of the varroa model to the web to allow beekeepers to access on-line and potentially allow colony development data to be extracted from input data.
4. To undertake literature surveys on Tropilaelaps clareae and Aethina tumida to determine the key factors which would allow their establishment in the UK.

Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2002

To: 2002

Cost: £21,091
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Keywords
Bee Health              
Farming              
Horticulture              
Organic Farming              
Pest Control              
Varroosis (Varroa)              
Fields of Study
Plant Health