Honey and wild bees play an important part in ecosystems and they and other insects are vital for pollinating plants and for biodiversity and food security. Only a bee colony that is healthy and intact can successfully fulfil these roles.

Scientists agree that there are multiple factors affecting bee losses: their habitat, beekeeping, bee health and the availability of “bee protection products”.

Honey and wild bees play an important part in ecosystems and they and other insects are vital for pollinating plants and for biodiversity and food security. Only a bee colony that is healthy and intact can successfully fulfil these roles.

Scientists agree that there are multiple factors affecting bee losses: their habitat, beekeeping, bee health and the availability of “bee protection products”.


Small Hive Beetle in Southern Italy

A monitoring programme in Sicily found no further evidence of this beetle following the discovery of a single positive bee hive on the island in 2014 that could be explained by bee immigration from Calabria.

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Varroa Control Agents

Agents used to control varroa have required a license as a veterinary drug since 01.01.2014. Bees may only be treated using substances licensed for their particular species. Here, you can find helpful information on veterinary medicines licensed for varroa control in Austria.

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Bee Diseases

Healthy bees are the cornerstone of beekeeping and agriculture. Here, you can find an overview of bee diseases and assistance for their diagnoses.

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Annual Veterinary Reports

The annual Veterinary Report includes information and statistics on the Austrian veterinary sector. The Veterinary Report 2014 also includes a supplement focusing on bee health.

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Suspected Cases of Poisoning

Suspected case of poisoning! Large numbers of bees are lying dead in front of your hive entrance – what needs to be done?

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Risks of Pollen Import

Importing pollen for pollinating plants may constitute a risk by introducing pathogens and parasites that are dangerous to bees.

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