A fact-finding mission in Ethiopia

Background Ethiopia is one of the developing countries, with about 85% of the population living on subsistence agriculture. According to the World Bank, Ethiopia has been among the three fastest growing economies in the world for several years, and despite its poverty, it represents great potential. The expert visit was organized by Slovenian company INOA, … Read more

The voice for the bees

Julie Armstrong, the voice for the bees, on a visit to Slovenia A day like any other, and yet very special. It is not the weather nor the date that makes a good day, it is the people, friends, and stimulating conversations that one has. One such good day was 13 September 2018, when the … Read more

Poklukar’s Days 2018

We remember some people we meet, but there are also others who will be remembered by history, which renders them immortal. One of these, especially in the beekeeping world, is Dr Janez Poklukar, a renowned apicultural scientist, expert, researcher and pedagogue from Senično by Tržič. Dr Janez Poklukar was born on 2 May 1960 in … Read more

Apifuture Symposium, 18.10.2018

APIFUTURE SYMPOSIUM 2018 POWERED BY MEDEX The Beekeeping Academy of Slovenia was invited to participate in the Apifuture Symposium, as organised by the Medex company to mark the first World Day of Bees. The event will take place on 18 October 2018 in the Mons Hotel in Ljubljana. At the forefront of the event’s agenda … Read more

Varroa feeds with fat body not haemolimph

Dr. Maja Smodiš Škerl, Agricultural institute of Slovenia, Animal Production Department, Beekeeping Scientists until now believed that the mite Varroa destructor feeds primarly with haemolimph of honey bees. This claim has never been scientifically proven, neither has anyone put an effort to study the feeding behaviour of the mites so much in detail until now. … Read more


Do you think that bees can not survive without a beekeeper? An article in the Apidologie speaks about the wild colonies of honey bee in Australia, whose density per square kilometre differs in relation to the utilisation of the forest. But in Australia they don’t have varroa. They have it in Germany, though, where researchers … Read more