International bee researchers’ conference in Mustiala
An international SICAMM 2018 conference was held between the 12th – 15th July at the Mustiala campus of Häme University of Applied Science (HAMK), which was attended by some 60 researchers of dark bees from ten different countries. The patron of the event was Mrs. Jenni Haukio, the wife of the President of the Republic of Finland.
Researchers have been concerned about the decline in the number of bees in the world. The decline in bee numbers affects the quantity and quality of many crops. The dark bee has evolved and spread naturally to the northern limits of the northern European temperate zone.
The dark bee was once the world’s most common bee species, but by the 1960s it became almost extinct. In the 21st century, there have been attempts to revive the species, including in Finland.
“The Finnish Beekeepers’ Association and HAMK promote the protection of the dark bee,” says Merja Vainio, a Senior Lecturer in the field of Agricultural and Rural Industries at the Häme University of Applied Sciences.
Once every two years, SICAMM conference brings together beekeepers and researchers interested in dark bee conservation and breeding work. The conference provides information on new research in the industry, as well as advice on practical care and maintenance. During the event, there is a good opportunity to develop your work and network with like-minded people from the industry.
Students studying for Further Qualification for Apiarists were helping with the conference arrangements. At the end of the conference, the participants visited a breeding facility exclusively for dark bees at Pakinainen in Rymättylä, as well as the town of Naantali, and Kultaranta where the President of the Republic of Finland has his summer residence.
Merja Vainio, Senior Lecturer, Agricultural and Rural Industries, HAMK, 050 574 5392, firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference web page and programme: http://www.mehilaishoitajat.fi/sicamm-2018/