Invitation Letter of Apimondia President

On behalf of Apimondia I want to offer my sincere congratulations to all involved in planning and organising this outstanding event. What a wonderful theme for a congress “Healthy Bees – Healthy Life”. The honeybee across the world is in decline, so this Congress is to be welcomed.

The Mugla Beekeeping Association, the University of Mugla Sitki Kocman, the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs and Teamcon are to be commended for their efforts in hosting this wonderful event. The value of bee pollination in human nutrition and food is immense and difficult to quantify. It is commonly said that about one third of human nutrition is due to bee pollination, this includes the majority of fruits and many vegetables. The economic value of insect pollination is estimated to be around $253 billion per annum globally.

The decline in honeybees comes under several headings but recent years studies have linked neonicotinoid pesticide exposure to the severe bee health decline we are now experiencing across the world. These studies add to a growing body of scientific literature and strengthen the case for removing pesticides toxic to bees from the market. Neonicotinoids are highly toxic to a range of insects, including honey bees and other pollinators. They are taken up by a plant’s vascular system and expressed through pollen, nectar and guttation droplets from which bees forage. They are particularly dangerous because, in addition to being acutely toxic in high doses, they also result in serious sub-lethal effects. Insects are exposed to chronic low doses, as they are through pollen and water droplets laced with the chemical as well as dust released into the air when coated seeds are planted. These effects cause significant problems for the health of individual honey bees as well as the overall health of honey bee colonies and they include disruptions in mobility, navigation, feeding behavior, foraging activity, memory and learning, and overall hive activity.

The objective of this Congress is to further educate beekeepers and, dare I say it, scientists, to gather, exchange and disseminate new information on bee sciences and technology. The programme of talks and scientific papers to be presented will give direction to all of us into the future.

I must also add that it is with great sadness I remember Mr. Bahri Yimaz and pay tribute to him for all his efforts for the Turkish Beekeeping Community in general, it will not be the same without having him around.

I wish this Congress success and send my kindest regards to all beekeepers in Turkey and around the world.

Philip McCabe
Apimondia President

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