A beekeeping congress to brew ideas
A major international event on beekeeping and all that will bring together this week some 6000 participants in Montreal.
Jntil 12 September, the 46 th Apimondia meet people from the industry, but also researchers from 130 countries and 200 exhibitors. Ecology, pollination, bee health and pesticide concerns are among the topics of discussion, as is the preparation of honey, its by-products and their use.
“Over the past 15 years, there has been an increase in the number of hives in Canada because there is a demand for pollination services,” Pierre Giovenazzo, president of the Apimondia conference, told The Canadian Press.
He, who is also a professor in the Department of Biology at Laval University, explains that pollination services have grown because of the increase in field crops, such as berries such as blueberries or cranberries.
“There are not enough natural pollinators – so wild bees – while blueberry fields, for example, are 90% dependent on the presence of bees. They are therefore replaced by “domesticated bees” managed by beekeepers, “says Giovenazzo.
New technologies, such as inseminating queens and trying to work on breeding to find bees that spend better winter, bee biology and apitherapy are also on the agenda of the various symposia. The preparation of honey, its derivatives and their use are also unavoidable subjects, especially with the interest of manufacturers of cosmetics.
Not to mention the whole issue of honey fraud, which is a phenomenon of growing concern in international markets. This will be discussed during roundtables, including methods to detect these frauds which consist of mixing honey with refined sugars.
Note that this is only the third time Canada has hosted this international conference. Québec hosted the event almost a century ago, in 1924 in the Old Capital, and more recently in Vancouver, which organized it in 1990.