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Dr Bach Kim Nguyen - BeeodiversityBach Kim Nguyen

Kim has a PhD in agronomy and bio-engineering. His doctoral thesis exclusively focused on studying the causes of mortality rates amongst honeybees. Hi sits on numerous national and international committees that deal with the bee and pollinator issue (e.g.: FASFC (Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain), FPS (Federal Public Service), ANSES (French agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety), Bee informed partnership (USA), Coloss – COST Project (International)…). Kim has also written and co-written numerous scientific articles.

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Expertise

  • Member of the Bee Informed Partnership (United States) - Using beekeepers' real world experience to solve beekeepers' real world problems. Be Included, Be Involved, Bee Informed. 2013 - . (USA)
  • Member of the FASFC working group (file 2014/23): Prevention of and the fight against Aethina tumida. 2015 - . (Belgium)
  • Member of the FASFC working group (file 2014/13): Beeswax residue and honey. 2014 - . (Belgium)
  • Member of the FASFC working group (file 2012/25): Evaluation of the manual on acute poisoning of honeybees by pesticides 2013 - . (Belgium)
  • Member of the "ANSES" working group: Co-exposure of bees to stress factors. 2013 - . (France)
  • Member of the ANSES "Bee" working group on the coverage of the conclusions of a scientific publication within the multi-factorial context of the depopulation of bee colonies. 2012. (France)
  • Member of the FASFC working group (file 2011/16) – Evaluation of the risk that bumblebees contaminated with American foulbrood bacteria (Paenibacillus larvae) induce a clinical onset of this disease in bees. 2011. (Belgium)
  • Member of the working group of the FASFC Scientific Committee (file 2010/21) - Thresholds for hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) concentrations in feed syrups for bees. 2010.
  • Member of the "Bee" working group - Programme to reduce pesticides and biocides – FPS Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. 2010, 2011. (Belgium)
  • AFSSA expert and member of the "Mortality, collapse, and weakening of bee colonies" working group – 2008. (France)
  • President of the “Prevention of Honey Bee Colony Losses” working group in Europe – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. CoLoss – COST project (International)
  • Member of the Macospol working group - Testing a platform to exchange information on the issue of the decline in bees – 2009. (Belgium)
  • Member of the "Joint Bees/Bees and pesticides health policy working group" - FPS Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment – 2008. (Belgium)
  • Member of the "Joint Bees/anti-Varroa strategy health policy working group" - FPS Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment – 2008. (Belgium)
  • Member of the "Bees and Agriculture" think tank of the French Academy of Agriculture – 2008. (France)

Projects

  • Initiator and Head of Monitoring Apicole National Belge (Belgian National Bee Monitoring) since 2004
  • Co-organiser of the European Week of the Bee at the European Parliament. 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Partner in the Belbees project: Multidisciplinary assessment of BELgian wild BEE decline to adapt mitigation management policy. Understanding biodiversity and ecosystem evolution. Pressures on biodiversity and ecosystems and impacts (on-going)
  • Co-Promoter of the Varresist project: research on the tolerance and resistance of bees to Varroa destructor (on-going)
  • Promoter of the Selapsis project: diversity and genetics of the bee (on-going)
  • Promoter of the Virbee project: research on viral diseases in honeybees 2011
  • Co-promoter of the Minbee project: research on methods to contain Varroa destructor 2011
  • Trainer - Continuous training for veterinary surgeons at Formavet 2012 - 2013 (1 year), The fight against Varroa: theoretical aspects and implementation in beehives by veterinary surgeons.
  • Trainer and collaborator - European project at FASFC 2012 - 2013 (1 year), European pilot monitoring programme on diseases in bees 2012-2013 (FASFC – Ghent University (UGent) –
    Gembloux Agro Bio-Tech ULG)
  • Trainer - Continuous training for veterinary surgeons at Formavet 2011 - 2013 (2 years), Basic principles of bee health management by veterinary surgeons.
  • Project manager at the Department of Agronomic Sciences
    January 2006 - January 2007 (1 year and 1 month), Research agreement between Gembloux and the Walloon Region DGA/D31-1139/S1. Project name: Evaluation of the risk factors linked to the decline in bees in Wallonia and their implication for good agricultural practices – Extension.
  • Project manager at the Department of Agronomic Sciences
    January 2005 - January 2006 (1 year and 1 month), Research agreement between Gembloux and the Walloon Region DGA/D31-1090. Project name: Evaluation of the risk factors linked to the decline in bees in Wallonia and their implication for good agricultural practices.
  • Expertise in entomology and ecotoxicology that contributed to the workshop to calculate the PRIBEL (Pesticide Risk Indicator for BELgium) risk at CERVA (Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre) Tervuren 2006 - 2006 (less than one year) DG4 PRIBEL project follow-up
  • Expertise in entomology and ecotoxicology within the framework of the RWA-PRIBEL project at RWA-PRIBEL 2006 - 2006 (less than one year), Calculating the risk indicators associated with the use of phytosanitary products. Calculating the (PRIBEL type) risk to bees, clustering and cartography for the Walloon Region.
  • Project manager at the Department of Agronomic Sciences
    January 2004 - January 2005 (1 year and 1 month), Research agreement between Gembloux and the Walloon Region DGA/D2585-2. Project name: Useful entomofauna in market gardening: use and landscaping of the immediate surroundings.

Scientific publications and works

  • Meliponini and Apini in Africa (Apidae: Apinae): a review on the challenges and stakes bound to their diversity and their distribution.
    Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment 2015, Accepted (Fabre et al.)
  • Doctoral thesis: Contribution to the study of the causes of mortality in honeybees, Apis mellifera Linné, 1758. University of Liège, Belgium
  • Standard epidemiological methods to understand and improve Apis mellifera health
    Journal of Apicultural Research 52(1) 2013 (vanEngelsdorp et al.)
  • Standard methods for American foulbrood research
    Journal of Apicultural Research 52(1) 2013 (Dirk C de Graaf et al.)
  • Hydroxymethylfurfural: A possible emergent cause of honey bee mortality?
    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 61 (49), pp. 11865-11870. 2013 (Zirbes et al.)
  • Managed honey bee colony losses in Canada, China, Europe, Israel and Turkey, for the winters of 2008-2009 and 2009–2010
    Journal of Apicultural Research. 51(1): 100-114 2012 (van der Zee et al.)
  • Risk analysis in animal health caused by the presence of hydroxymethylfurfural in syrup for honey bee feeding.
    Annales De Medecine Veterinaire Ann. Med. Vet. 155(2) : 53-60. 2012 (Wilmart et al.)
  • Contributor to the book: Honey Bee Colony Health: Challenges & Sustainable Solutions
    Taylor and Francis Group, NY (USA). 2011
  • Effects of honey bee virus prevalence, Varroa destructor load and queen condition on honey bee colony survival over the winter in Belgium.
    Journal of Apicultural research. 50(3):195-202. 2011 (Nguyen et al.)
  • Honey bee colony losses in Belgium during the 2008-9 winter.
    Journal of Apicultural Research 49(4): 337-339. 2010 (Nguyen et al.)
  • Coloss Working Group 1: monitoring and diagnosis.
    Journal of Apicultural Research, 49(1), 97-99 2010 (Nguyen et al.)
  • Weighing Risk Factors Associated With Bee Colony Collapse Disorder by Classification and Regression Tree Analysis.
    Journal of Economic Entomology 103(5): 1517-1523. 2010 (vanEngelsdorp, D. et al.)
  • Study on the contamination by Paenibacillus larvae of honey from the south part of Belgium (Walloon Region) and relation with the clinical expression of American Foulbrood in honey bee colonies.
    Annales De Medecine Veterinaire 153(4): 219-223. 2009 (Nguyen et al.)
  • Proceedings of the 4th Coloss Conference – Prevention of honeybee colony Losses.
    COLOSS, Montpellier, 14-15 September 2009, abstract book, p. 58. 2009 (Nguyen et al.)
  • The bee situation in Belgium and symptomatology as a discriminatory tool.
    Bulletin Technique Apicole 36(2), 65-66. 2009 (Nguyen et al.)
  • Colony collapse disorder: A descriptive study.
    PLoS ONE 4(8): e6481. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006481 2009 (vanEngelsdorp et al.)
  • Does imidacloprid seed-treated maize have an impact on honey bee mortality?
    Journal of Economic Entomology 102: 616-623. 2009 (Nguyen et al.)
  • Development and validation of a multi-residue method for pesticide determination in honey using on column liquid-liquid extraction and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.
    Journal of Chromatography A, 1152, 116-123. 2007 (Pirard et al.)

Partnerships

We have entered into partnerships with universities, notably the University of Liège.

 

Less than 5% of bee colonies lost

Thanks to his years of research on bees, Kim is able to keep the mortality rate in bee colonies at an acceptable level because it now stands at less than 5% per year on average.

This knowledge is also something we are keen to share.

 

 

At the service of the common good

The project is in keeping with the societal entrepreneurship movement, i.e. entrepreneurship at the service of the common good. Even though BeeOdiversity is a commercial entity, its main aim is a social and environmental one.

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