Do you want to learn more about bees, apiculture and pollination?

Last changed: 22 September 2021

Wild bees and honey bees plays an important role as pollinators. Without them our food would be much more boring. No apples and no coffee. The course will give you a lot of new knowledge about the amazing life of bees. You will also learn about the threats against the bees and how we can take care of them in the best way.

Next time you can apply for this course is autumn 2021.

After the course you will know more about:

  • The importance of insect mediated pollination
  • The ecological importance of social insects and the organisation of honey bee colonies.
  • Threats to pollinating insects - and understand the difference between the threats honeybees face compared to wild bees.
  • Diseases and parasites of honey bees.
  • The importance of beekeeping and beekeeping practices.
  • How too recognize different solitary bees and bumblebees.

Bees at SLU

At SLU we know a lot about honey bees and wild bees. We study the transmission of bee diseases within and between honeybee colonies, how bee health is affected by different biotic and abiotic factors and how bees defend themselves against bee diseases. Here you can also find researchers that explore the importance of wild bees for pollination.

What will happen at the course?

The course contains lectures, excursions, project work and exercises in practical beekeeping.  Barbara Locke Grandér will be your course leader.

Our students usually appreciate that we have a lot of outdoor practice in the apiary and in the field. The combination of activities with both wild bees and honeybees is also highly appreciated.

Barbara Locke Grandér is course leader at Bees, Apiculture and Pollination. Photo: Anna Lundmark
Learn how to identify common bumblebees and solitary bees. Photo: Anna Lundmark
What is this? You will know after the course. Photo: Anna Lundmark

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