Description of the DCA created by the Beenomix 2.0 project.

The Beenomix 2.0 project and the Drone Congregation Area (DCA)

Presentation of the Drone Congregation Area (DCA) established by the Beenomix 2.0 project in Val Bodengo (SO), and illustration of the preparation of fertilisation nuclei for all beekeepers interested in using it.

Management of the DCA

Elio Bonfanti describes the management of the Drone Congregation Area (DCA) located in Val Bodengo.

Drone Congregation Area (DCA)

Professor Giulio Pagnacco describes the meaning and function of a Drone Congregation Area (DCA).

Beenomix Project

Elio Bonfanti presents the Beenomix and Beenomix 2.0 project

Beenomix 2.0 project evaluation beehive

Description of the BEENOMIX 2.0 project evaluation apiary and character collection: honey production and varroa population increase.

Employ genomics for the selection and the biodiversity of bees

A conclusione del progetto Beenomix si è svolto un convegno a Lodi il 20 ottobre 2018. Here you can review the presentations shown in that occasion. (in Italian)

Elio Bonfanti: General framework and importance of the project
Giulio Pagnacco: Selective pattern and related topics
Umberto Mandelli: The management of a controlled fertilization site
Elena Facchini: Honey production, hygienic behaviour and quality of the queens
Cristiano Arienti: Detecting phenotypes
Giulietta Minozzi: Genetics and biodiversity of Italian bees
Final Debate: part 1
Final Debate: part 2

Hygienic behaviour measurement

A crucial point of the selection initiated with the Beenomix project is the quantitative assessment of the hygienic behaviour of bees. In this video we see how these measures can be taken directly in the field. All the manual skills are directly illustrated by the video.  

Mating Area

The video shot on the 17th of July 2017 as part of the Beenomix project shows the SFC used by the partnership of the project for the selection within the nucleus. At the site there are a dozen colonies led by sister DPQs that produce selected drones. The DPQs operate as a virtual parent. The site also houses the fertilization nuclei in which the royal cells hatch and from which the virgins depart for their nuptial flight. Fertilized queens are harvested and replaced by new royal cells every 3 weeks during the summer season. The SFC is set in an isolated location in the Lombard Alps.