The unit of Functional and Evolutionary Entomology is working for over twenty years on pollinators and honeybees. It has developed a real scientific expertise and is dedicating a group of researchers on this topic.
Since the late 90 ‘, pollinators and honeybees are at the forefront: loss of biodiversity, kills, Colony Collapse Disorder.
A multitude of suspects have been singled out … but what is or what are the real culprits? Varroa destructor, bacteria, viruses, pesticides, nutritional deficiencies?
The problem is multifactorial. Each of these factors is studied in our laboratories and to conduct our research projects, many concepts and techniques are used: morphometry, genetics, epidemiology, microbiology, molecular biology and analytical chemistry.
Emphasis is also placed on the quality of by-products that bees generate and the study of their quality.