24th of March, 2013 – our first organic beekeeping workshop was hosted by Tamás Csáki, ÖMKi researcher – Apiary. Participants discussed special techniques of organic beekeeping and got to know products used against varroa and allowed for organic apiary that are to be tested in a participatory research program. The goal of the workshop was to reach an agreement for annual common treatment and control method(s).
Beekeepers will treat 12-12 bee colonies from their population with the same method against varroa and monitor infection levels. During the treatment period two comparable products will also be tested. The infection level will be regularly controlled using hygenic bottom board and alive bee sampling. The samples will be evaluated by the Bee Health Department of Veterinary Diagnostic Directorate from National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH).
17 apiarists were interested in participating in the research from different parts of the country. The participatory research tests methods and products in on-farm conditions, which means the
testing fits within the apiarist’s daily routine and the apiculture’s operat ing mode without any separation from the production enterprise. During the beekeeping season, apiarists take note of the treatments and observations about varroa infection and any impact on production. The purpose of the experiment is to evaluate organic protection strategies against varroa that work well in domestic practise.