Working for Prof. Jürgen Tautz / Hobos Project (University Würzburg), his research focuses on the climatic conditions of tree cavities and beehives, and the effects on bee health. Additionally he is an expert on the symbiotic relationship between book scorpions and honeybees. He proved that book scorpions feed i.a. on varroa mites and beetle larvae (such as small hive beetle). Furthermore he is exploring the effects of beekeeping on the grooming behavior of bees.

Abstract(s) for Parallel Sessions

Progressive Beekeeping

There are three topics that Torben will cover :

 

1. The microclimatic circumstances in tree cavities and modern hives and its effects on bee health

2. The pseudoscorpions as bio agents and bio indicators for a healthy and stable ecosystem

3. The effects of modern beekeeping / harvesting honey on the grooming behavior of honeybees

Torben Schiffer

University Würzburg

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