Welcome to #Efsa4Bees. Whether you are a scientist, a researcher or simply a bee-lover, we hope you will find these pages informative and inspiring. EFSA is carrying out some exciting, ambitious work on bee health and we decided to bring it together in one place so that all our partners and stakeholders can follow our progress and perhaps give us a helping hand along the way.
At the heart of our work is a major project aimed at developing a holistic approach to the risk assessment of multiple stressors in bees. It’s a bit of a mouthful, which is why we’ve shortened the title to MUST-B (also because MUST-B has a suitably optimistic ring to it!) – you can find out all about the project by clicking on the button at the top of the page.
The section Why are bees in decline? gives the backstory to the project. We know broadly what kills bees, but how do these different factors combine and interact to hurt bees? And how can we measure these negative effects? These are the big questions that EFSA – and its working group of experts – are attempting to answer.
For a neat overview of the issues and challenges that face scientists working in bee health, take a moment to scroll through our infographic Bees under attack.
Finally, you can keep up with our activities via this blog, where we will share not just updates from EFSA but also links to all the latest papers, studies and events related to risk assessment and bees. We hope you will help us to build our digital colony by posting your own comments and contributions and by looking out for our hashtag on Twitter. Let’s work together. Let’s be more like the bees!
Agnès Rortais is a bee specialist at EFSA.