Weʼre raising £700 to help Plymouth Universities PhD student studying our Native Honey Bee with her travel costs
- Cornwall, UK
- Gardens and environment
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The B4 Project Saving Our Native Black Honey Bee
The B4 Project is a Community Interest Company representing a group of beekeepers whose aim is to protect the UK’s native honey bee, Apis mellifera mellifera.
The Heritage Lottery Fund supported a partnership between B4, Eden, Paignton Zoo, Heligan, and Paradise Park, enabling B4 to commission preliminary genetic research which revealed that, while there has been a great deal of hybridisation, Cornwall still retained some relatively pure specimens of Apis mellifera mellifera.
B4 now has a mixture of apiaries, mating apiaries and observation hives at Eden, Heligan, Paignton Zoo, Paradise Park, Godolphin, Occombe Farm, Plymouth University, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Tregantle Fort, Cockington Manor House, The Duchy Nursery and Mount Edgcumbe Country Park Black Bee Reserve.
Natural Environment Research Council PhD research project. Plymouth University and B4 are embarking on an exciting 4½ year collaboration, which includes PhD and MSc studentships. 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.
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Plymouth University and B4 are embarking on an exciting 4½ year PhD collaboration. The PhD studentship is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and will investigate local adaptation in UK populations of the dark honey bee.
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