SICAMM Conference Programme

Plantahof, Landquart, Switzerland 2012




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Saturday 1st September


9.00-10.00 Opening session


10.00-10.30 H. Thomas (Swiss Black Bee organization) Shared secrets of beekeeping in Switzerland


10.30-11.00  Break


11h-11h30 A. Uzunov (Bee Resarch Institute, Macedonia) Effects of genotype and environmental factors on the survival and productivity of European honey bee colonies


11.30-12.00 R. Büchler (Bee Research Institute Kirchhain, Germany) Observations on queen mating behaviour on a small island


12.00-12.30 L. Ruottinen (MTT Agrifood Research, Finland) Conservation of the Nordic Brown Bee


12.30-14.00  Lunch


14.00-14.30 K. Bienefeld (Institute for Bee Research, Hohen Neuendorf, Germany) Considering several traits simultaneously in the honey bee - Total breeding value improves selection


14.30-15.00 A. Lehebel-Péron (CEFE, UMR 5175 CNRS, France) Black bees and traditional log hives in the Cévennes National Park (South of France): conservation of natural and cultural heritage


15.00-15.30 T. Petermann (Society for the Dark Bee, Germany) The society for the Dark Bees, Germany


15.30-16.00  Break


16.00-16.30 G. Soland (Swiss Black Bee organization) Genetic diversity and hybridization of the honeybee


16.30-17.00 E. Mac Giolla Coda (Galtee Beebreeding Group, Ireland) Two decades of Progress for the Dark European Honeybee (Apis mellifera mellifera) of Ireland


17.00-17.30 F. Sutter (Swiss black bee organization) The Role of Instrumental Insemination for the Conservation of the Dark Bee: Potential and Pitfalls


Sunday  2nd September


9.00-9.30 K. Bienefeld (Institute for Bee Research Hohen Neuendorf, Germany) A new strategy for honeybee breeding - Genomic selection


9.30-10.00 P. Denwood (Secretary of SICAMM)  Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom


10.00-10.30 Bénédicte Bertrand (National Centre for Scientific Reseach, France) Ecological and genetic consequences of the setup of a black honeybee sanctuary


10.30-11.00  Break


11.00-11.30 G. Glock & T. Ruppel (GEDB association, Germany) Breeding of Dark Bees in Germany and details of "moonshine" mating station


11.30-12.00 I. Arvidsson (Projekt NordBi, Sweden) How to preserve and develop the native Black Bee in Sweden


12.00-12.30 D.  Pritchard (President of SICAMM) Inbreeding problems and their avoidance


12-30-14.00  Lunch


14.00-14.30 B.Fried (Swiss Black Bee organization) Comparison of DNA and Morphology:  results of Martina Siller’s study on the Austrian mellifera populations


14.30-15.00 R. Patterson (British Beekeepers Association, England) Queen Performance Problems


15.00-15.30 L. Gauthier (Swiss Centre for Bee Research) Factors affecting queen quality


15.30-16.00  Break


16.00-16.30 L. Reiter (Austrian Mellifera Beebreeders, Austria) The Dark Bee in Austria, a regional ecotype


16.30-17.00 D. Pritchard (President of SICAMM) Breeding varroa-resistant bees


17.00-17.30 L. Gauthier (Swiss Centre for Bee Research) A broodless method for Varroa control


17.30-18.00 Y. Elie (Association arbre aux abeilles, France) Little brooks make great rivers


Monday 3rd September


9.00-9.30 B. Fried (Swiss Black Bee organization) Perspectives for a sustainable control of European Foulbrood (EFB)


9.30-10.00 E. Mac Giolla Coda (Galtee Beebreeding Group, Ireland) The Potential of the Dark Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, for Commercial Honey Production under Irish Climatic Conditions


10.00-10.30 R. Soland (Swiss Black Bee organization) Queen breeding in Switzerland


10.30-11.00  Break


11.00-11.30 A. Abrahams (Commercial Beekeeper, Scotland) Apis mellifera mellifera in Tasmania


11.30-12.00 M. Ennemoser (Imkerschule Imst, Austria) The Tyrolean Dark Bee, a subspecies with special characteristics


12.00-12.30 A. Lehebel-Péron (CEFE, UMR 5175 CNRS, France) Black bees and traditional log hives in the Cévennes National Park (South of France): conservation of natural and cultural heritage


12.30 Lunch


14.00-16.00  B. Fried Visit to the apaiary of the Plantahof; Honey tasting; Visit to the Plantahof





16.00-17.00 D. Pritchard SICAMM meeting


Excursion Programme


Friday (technical excursions):


Excursion A: Swiss bee Research Institute, Liebefeld-Bern and educational bee trail near lake of Biel




Excursion B: Canton Glarus, the first dark bee protected area in Switzerland.  Visit to the town of Elm with the oldest Swiss dark bee populations


Excursion C: Alpine bee mating station “Santis” and lunch in a mountain revolving restaurant


Saturday evening: Conference dinner with entertainment




Alpine panorama train ride via Albula (UNESCO world heritage site) to Pontresina and up to “Muottas Muragi” restaurant





Organising Committee

Balser Fried (chairman)  Linus Kempter

Padruot Fried                Jürg Senn

Laurent Gauthier           Karl Sochor

Viktor Gisler                  Florian Sutter

Ernst Hämmerli             Hansueli Thomas

Silvio Hitz