Scientific Commission Beekeeping Technology and Quality

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President of the Commission

Mr. Etienne Bruneau
4 place Croix du Sud
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
tel.: + 32 (0)10/47 34 16
fax: +32 (0)10/47 34 90
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Gudrun Beckh


Gudrun Beckh
Quality Services International GmbH
Flughafendamm 9a - 28199 Bremen - Germany
tel: +49 - (0)421 - 59 77 517
fax: +49 - (0)421 - 59 47 71
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Miguel Vilas-Boas
Mountain Research Centre
Polytechnic Institute of Bragança
Campus Santa Apolónia - 5300-253 - Bragança - Portugal
tel.: +351 964830419
fax: +351 273303372
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  • Mission

Collection of information relating to:

- Bee products definition, quality and characterization based on their composition and biological activity
- Bee products contamination and adulteration (detection, level of residues…)
- the technologies and equipment used for apiary activities in temperate, cold and tropical climates, both for honey production and other additional products: wax, pollen, beebread, royal jelly, propolis, venom and larvae.
- Impact of climate change on beekeeping activities

Collaboration with new experimental fields:

- non invasive techniques and monitoring of bee colonies with use of electronic material (GPS, GIS…)
- biological specifications for breeding and production of biological material
- bee products pharmaceutical specification (within the context of apitherapy)
- how to manage African bees
- pollination (in open fields and in greenhouses)
- honey harvest with melipones

  • Activities

Experiments, then popularisation of these informations through conferences, symposia and Internet

Consultations for the development of the bee-products within the framework of the norms with various organisations such as Codex alimentarius, ISO, WHO, FAO, FEEDEM, IHC, HIPA, European Union,...

Exchanges with the six other standing commissions on treatment-free beekeeping, natural beekeeping, technical innovation in monitoring honey bee colonies, adulteration of bee products …, for a better understanding of the beekeeping world and a better choice of technical methods and equipment.

Standards definition:

- bee products
- good beekeeping practices
- beehive, material and honey houses

Checking of technological based activities:

- uses of plastic
- uses of pheronomes
- techniques of honey adulteration


- in the EU Directives on "Honey"
- update of the "Codex Alimentarius"
- collaboration with IHC (International Honey Commission)


Gilles Fert (France), responsible of the sub-commission "Queen breeding"
Dr. Tom Sanford (USA)
Antonio Gomez Pacuelo (Spain)




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