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Bees

Volume 713: debated on Thursday 22 October 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Bee Unit will develop a diagnostic tool to be placed on a website and accessible to the public, especially beekeepers. [HL5736]

The National Bee Unit (NBU) at the Food and Environment Research Agency manages a database of beekeepers in England and Wales called Beebase. The Beebase website contains comprehensive information on disease recognition and control, including a varroa mite population tool that helps beekeepers with colony treatments. There are also interactive maps showing disease incidence, which are available to the public and beekeepers. The provision of further diagnostic tools for beekeepers is being developed as part of the Healthy Bees plan.