Objectives: Investigate the adaptability of local bee populations: Several local genotypes will be tested in different environmental conditions and their performance will be monitored; special traits responsible for disease resistance will also be evaluated

Description of work

Task II.1. Interactions between honey bee genotypes and their environment (Monitor the performance of distinct local genotypes in different climatic conditions in their own country)

Task II.2. Evaluate behavioural traits against varroa mite (As a pilot study, varroa tolerance will be evaluated by performing several known test’s like hygienic behaviour of bees, Suppress Mite Reproduction (SMR-varroa reproduction success), Recapping (REC-recapping of cells)