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Advice on how to start beekeeping, memories with bees and the uses of honey: results of an online questionnaire with European beekeepers
Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, Rennes 2 University, Rennes, France.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2667-3874
Faculty of Food Technology and Quality Control of Agricultural Products, National University of Live and Environment Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine ; National Science Center PI Prokopovich Institute of Beekeeping, Chair of the Board of the Public Organization “Foundation of Women Beekeepers”, Kyiv, Ukraine.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2015-7956
Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7256-8146
Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2546-478X
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2024 (English)In: Journal of Apicultural Research, ISSN 0021-8839, E-ISSN 2078-6913, p. 1-16Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Beekeeping is a demanding activity that requires both particular human qualities from those who practise it and an environment that is favourable to bees. This is why the interviewed beekeepers advise to take time to think before starting to keep the bees, to find a mentor, and to always have the desire to get to know the bees even if this is not enough for success. In Northern and Western Europe, beekeepers consider patience and calmness as essential qualities to be a “good beekeeper”, while in Southern Europe, passion for bees is the main driver of success. The reasons for abandonment or failure also include human and environmental factors. To better understand the relationship between beekeepers and their bees, interviewees were encouraged to share their best memories. With years of experience, contemplative memories fade into memorable situations in which bee practices are described, and then in turn, they fade into moments of sociability. Honey harvesting plays an important role. Productive considerations are more expressed in Southern Europe, where it is an exceptional harvest that marks on people’s minds, more than the first honey harvest. The strong connection to their bees and the territory they live in is also expressed in the choice of their favourite honey. Many beekeepers mentioned the local honey production, which they are proud to produce with their own bees, even though they sometimes became criticized for a too high price for this local product.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2024. p. 1-16
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Apis mellifera, beekeeping, perception, online questionnaire, Europe
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-23934DOI: 10.1080/00218839.2024.2361965ISI: 001244677500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85195535630OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-23934DiVA, id: diva2:1868834
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Published online: 11 Jun 2024

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CONTACT Samuel Perichon sa.perichon@gmail.com

Available from: 2024-06-12 Created: 2024-06-12 Last updated: 2024-07-11Bibliographically approved

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