Good farming practices in apiculture

J. Rivera-Gomis, J. Bubnic, A. Ribarits, R. Moosbeckhofer, O. Alber, P. Kozmus, R. Jannoni-Sebastianini, W. Haefeker, H. Köglberger, M. I. Smodis Skerl, B. Tiozzo, M. Pietropaoli, J. Lubroth, E. Raizman, C. Lietaer, R. Zilli, R. Eggenhoeffner, M. Higes, M. N. Muz, C. D'AscenziM. P. Riviere, A. Gregorc, J. Cazier, E. Hassler, J. Wilkes, G. Formato

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Modern European beekeeping is facing numerous challenges due to a variety of factors, mainly related to globalisation, agrochemical pollution and environmental changes. In addition to this, new pathogens threaten the health of European honey bees. In that context, correct colony management should encompass a wider vision, where productivity aspects are linked to a One Health approach in order to protect honey bees, humans and the environment. This paper describes a novel tool to be applied in beekeeping operations: good beekeeping practices (GBPs). The authors ranked a list of GBPs scored against their importance and validated by an international team, including researchers, national animal health authorities and international beekeepers' associations. These activities were carried out in the project 'BPRACTICES', approved within the transnational call of the European Research Area Network on Sustainable Animal Production (ERA-NET SusAn) in the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme of the European Union. This study, created through an international collaboration, aims to present an innovative and implementable approach, similar to applications already adopted in other livestock production systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)879-890
Number of pages12
JournalRevue scientifique et technique (International Office of Epizootics)
Issue number3
Publication statusPrint publication - 1 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Apiculture
  • GBPs
  • GFPs
  • Good beekeeping practices
  • Good farming practices
  • Honey bee


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