Netherlands, Utrecht (Utrecht City Campus)

Why We Need Bees

when 28 August 2014 - 8 August 2014
duration -2 week
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1085

The focus is the worldwide ecological and economic importance of bees. What is the impact of the present decline of bees on pollination? Aspects of bee biology like reproduction, communication and foraging are adressed. We deal with the diversity of bees and bee faunas in different habitats. Students will learn about flower biology and study pollen grains through the microscope. Practical demonstrations about form and function in the Honeybee and field excursions are important components of the course. The cultural significance of bees in traditional systems of beekeeping is analyzed together with projects of beekeeping as a tool for development.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Marinus J. Sommeijer

Target group

MSc-students and PhD-students. Also open for advanced BSc-students.This course may be attractive to students of Science, Biology, Agronomy, Economy and Environmental studies.

Course aim

The aim is to introduce students in the biology and the management of bees and in the importance of bee pollination in agriculture. Students will obtain insight in the causes for the worldwide decline of bees. The fascinating “social” behaviour of bees will be demonstrated as well as the significance of beekeeping.

Fee info

EUR 1085: • € 1085 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 750 - Course + course materials



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