Weʼve raised £60 to search Cornwall for last the remaining pure Native Cornish Black Honey Bees. Only 10 colonies remained in 2015 so time is running out.
- Mount Edgcumbe Country Park and Plymouth University
- Gardens and environment
- Time left
- Funded on Monday, 26th June 2017
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Natural Environment Research Council PhD research project.
B4 and Plymouth University are embarking on an exciting 4½ year collaboration, which includes PhD and MSc studentships. The MSc studentship will look The PhD studentship is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and will investigate local adaptation in UK populations of the dark honey bee.
This collaboration will involve using the latest in genetic screening techniques as well as looking at colony traits with different genetic signatures.
We will also investigate the feasibility of using cryopreserved sperm as an archive of genetic material for safeguarding present day genetic variation, and therefore local adaptation, for the future. Finding a means by which to preserve these varying traits is essential to ensure that nature’s diversity continues for future generations.
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Jun 5, 2017
As a keen bee keeper here in Devizes in Wiltshire, I am wishing your British Black Bee project every success and look to introduce more Black Bees to my apiary in the future.
May 28, 2017
Fantastic B4 Good luck with Norman Carreck's presentation to EU Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Monday 29th May 2017 concerning B4 a Pilot project conserving European biodiversity.
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Mount Edgcumbe Country Park and Plymouth University
B4 is raising £1700 by crowdfunding, which will support the PhD collaboration with Plymouth University. The money goes directly to Plymouth University to fund genetic testing to identify the last remaining Cornish Black Honey Bees. .
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