Reports of honey bee population decline has spurred many national efforts to understand the extent of the problem and to identify causative or associated factors.[T]he impacts of beekeeper knowledge and beekeeping management practices have often been overlooked, despite honey bees being a managed pollinator.
Here, we established a standardised active monitoring network for 5 798 apiaries over two consecutive years to quantify honey bee colony mortality across 17 European countries.
Our data highlight beekeeper background and apicultural practices as major drivers of honey bee colony losses.
Our results show that the main factors protecting honey bee colonies are beekeeper background and practices. More efforts are needed in beekeeper training to promote good beekeeping practices and achieve early identification of clinical signs of disease.
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