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.