Eva Forsgren, apiculture
Eva Forsgren is an expert on apiculture and bee health.
In my work as an extension specialist in apiculture I want to contribute to the dissemination of scientific knowledge to beekeepers and the general public and assist the authorities in beekeeping matters and policy.
Swedish beekeeping is important not only for the consumer’s access to locally produced honey. Honeybees are also important for their role as pollinators of our crops and other plants. The number of honeybee colonies in Sweden has decreased, partly due to infections and parasite infestations. Internationally, an increasing demand for healthy honeybees and major losses of honeybee colonies has led to an increased interest in honeybee health.
At SLU, we study how infectious diseases and parasites affect honeybees both at individual and colony level as well as their individual and social immunity. Another research focus is how honeybee specific symbiotic bacteria can be used to prevent diseases.
I interact regularly with beekeepers and bee inspectors in many ways. One example is as manager for the National Reference Laboratory for bee health. This diagnostic service provides input to research projects and also a continuous feedback from the beekeepers.
Moreover, I am part of a broad network of beekeeping associations, authorities and the international scientific community. My aim as an external collaboration specialist is to further develop collaboration with stakeholders and the scientific community.