ECT Funded Research Articles

ECT Funded Research Articles

One of the principle objectives of the Eva Crane Trust is to ensure the dissemination of information. A key factor when considering grant applications is how the project research will be published and shared.

The Eva Crane Trust takes pride in supporting unique and innovative bee research and we are delighted to share these academic papers, which have been published as a consequence of our funding. As you will see, the topics are varied, the research extensive and the geographical area global!

This list of articles has been compiled in chronological order (most recent at the top). The author who received funding is shown in bold. In some instances, several papers have been published.

Published in 2022

  • Micaela Buteler, Andrea Marina Alma, Teodoro Stadler, Ariane Carnebia Gingold, María Celeste Manattini, Mariana Lozada (2022)
    Acute toxicity of microplastic fibers to honeybees and effects on foraging behavior.
    Science of The Total Environment, Vol. 822, 2022, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.153320.

  • Nicholas J. Balfour, Maria Clara Castellanos, Dave Goulson, Andrew Philippides, Chris Johnson (2022).
    DoPI: The Database of Pollinator Interactions.
    Ecology (Ecological Society of America). DOI: 10.1002/ecy.3801

  • Dominic L. Cram, Jessica E. M. van der Wal, Natalie Uomini, Mauricio Cantor, Martin Gruber, et al. (2022)
    The ecology and evolution of human-wildlife cooperation
    People and Nature (British Ecological Society) DOI: 10.1002/pan3.10369

  • Paride Balzaniab, Giorgia Galeottia, Sara Scheggia, Alberto Masonia, Giacomo Santinia, David Baracchia (2022)
    Acute and chronic ingestion of polyethylene (PE) microplastics has mild effects on honey bee health and cognition.
    Environmental Pollution, Vol. 305

  • Eduardo L Almeida, Celine Ribiere, Werner Frei, Denis Kenny, Mary F Coffey, Paul W O’Toole (2022).
    Geographical and Seasonal Analysis of the Honeybee Microbiome.
    Microbial Ecolology (2022).

  • Laura Avila, Elizabeth Dunne, David Hofmann and Berry J. Brosi (2022)
    Upper-limit agricultural dietary exposure to streptomycin in the laboratory reduces learning and foraging in bumblebees.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Vol. 289, Issue 1968

Published in 2021

  • Carolina Bartolomé · María BuendíaAbad · Concepción Ornosa · Pilar De la Rúa · Raquel MartínHernández · Mariano Higes · Xulio Maside (2021).
    Bee Trypanosomatids: First Steps in the Analysis of the Genetic Variation and Population Structure of Lotmaria passim, Crithidia bombi and Crithidia mellificae.
    Microbial Ecology: DOI: 10.1007/s00248-021-01882-w 
  • María Buendía-Abad, Pilar García-Palencia, Luis Miguel de Pablos, José María Alunda, Antonio Osuna, Raquel Martín-Hernández, Mariano Higes (2021).
    First description of Lotmaria passim and Crithidia mellificae haptomonad stages in the honeybee hindgut.
    International Journal for Parasitology: DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2021.06.005 
  • Katherine L. W. Burns, Úna Fitzpatrick, Dara A. Stanley (2021)
    Public perceptions of Ireland’s pollinators: A case for more inclusive pollinator conservation initiatives.
    Journal for Nature Conservation, Vol.61: DOI:10.1016/j.jnc.2021.125999 
  • Madeline H Carpenter, Brock A Harper (2021)
    Genetic past, present and future of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) in the United States of America. 
    Apidologie, Vol. 52, 63-79: DOI: 
  • Kaskinova M, Yunusbayev B, Altinbaev R, Raffiudin R, Carpenter MH, Kwon HW, Nikolenko A, Harper BA, Yunusbaev U (2021)
    Improved Apis mellifera reference genome based on the alternative long-read-based assemblies.
    G3 Genes/Genomes/Genetics Vol. 11, Issue 9: 
  • Faith T. Mpondo, Patrick A. Ndakidemi, Alain Pauly, Anna C. Treydte, (2021).
    Traditional rangeland management can conserve insect pollinators in a semi-arid rangeland, northern Tanzania.
    Acta Oecologica. Vol. 113 DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2021.103790

  • Faith Thomas Mpondo, Patrick A. Ndakidemi, Anna C. Treydte (2021) 
    Balancing Bees and Livestock: Pastoralist Knowledge, Perceptions and Implications for Pollinator Conservation in Rangelands, Northern Tanzania.Tropical Conservation Science, Vol. 14: 1–12DOI: 10.1177%2F19400829211028127 
  • Michael Thomas Smith, Michael Livingstone, Richard Comont (2021)
    A method for low-cost, low-impact insect tracking using retroreflective tags.
    Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Vol.12: 11 pp. 2184-2195. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.13699 
  • Riccardo Cabbri, Enea Ferlizza , Elisa Bellei , Giulia Andreani , Roberta Galuppi, Gloria Isani (2021)
    A Machine Learning Approach to Study Demographic Alterations in Honeybee Colonies Using SDS–PAGE Fingerprinting.
    Animals Vol. 11, 1823. DOI. 10.3390/ani11061823


Published in 2020

  • Keith A. Browne, Jack Hassett , Michael Geary , Elizabeth Moore , Dora Henriques , Gabriele Soland-Reckeweg , Roberto Ferrari , Eoin Mac Loughlin , Elizabeth O’Brien , Saoirse O’Driscoll , Philip Young, M. Alice Pinto & Grace P McCormack (2020). 
    Investigation of free-living honey bee colonies in Ireland.
    Journal of Apicultural Research, DOI: 10.1080/00218839.2020.1837530 


Published in 2019

  • Slobodan Dolasevic, Jevrosima Stevanovic, Nevenka Aleksic, Uros Glavinic, Icon,Nebojsa Deletic,Mica Mladenovic & Zoran Stanimirovic (2019)
    The effect of diet types on some quality characteristics of artificially reared Apis mellifera queens
    Journal of Apicultural Research, Vol. 59:1 pp.115-123. DOI10.1080/00218839.2019.1673965 
  • Mark K. Greco, Brianna Coates & Edward J. Feil (2019)
    High tech research reveals preferential feeding in honey bees.
    Journal of Apicultural Research, 58:3, 471-477, DOI: 10.1080/00218839.2019.1582838
  • Dayson Castilhos, Jeferson L. D. Dombroski, Genevile C. Bergamo, Kátia P. Gramacho & Lionel S. Gonçalves (2019)
    Neonicotinoids and fipronil concentrations in honeybees associated with pesticide use in Brazilian agricultural areas.
    Apidologie, 50, 657–668. DOI10.1007/s13592-019-00676-x 
  • Corneile Minnaar, Bruce Anderson, Marinus L de Jager and Jeffrey D Karron (2019)
    Plant–pollinator interactions along the pathway to paternity.
    Annals of Botany, Volume 123, Issue 2, Pages 225–245. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcy167 

Published in 2018

  • Riccardo Cabbri, Enea Ferlizza, Antonio Nanetti, Emanuela Monari, Giulia Andreani, Roberta Galuppi & Gloria Isani (2018)
    Biomarkers of nutritional status in honeybee haemolymph: effects of different biotechnical approaches for Varroa destructor treatment and wintering phase.
    Apidologie volume 49, pp. 606–618. DOI: 10.1007/s13592-018-0588-9
  • Fabio Sgolastra, Xavier Arnan, Riccardo Cabbri, Gloria Isani, Piotr Medrzycki, Dariusz Teper and Jordi Bosch. (2018)
    Combine exposure to sublethal concentrations of an insecticide and a fungicide affect feeding, ovary development and longevity in a solitary bee. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 285 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0887 
  • Thielens A, Bell D, Mortimore DB, Greco MK, Martens L, Joseph W. (2018)
    Exposure of Insects to Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields from 2 to 120 GHz.
    Scientific Reports. 8(1):3924. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-22271-3. PMID: 29500425; PMCID: PMC5834628.
  • Jack Hassett, Keith A Browne, Grace P McCormack, Elizabeth Moore, Native Irish Honey Bee Society, Gabrielle Soland & Michael Geary (2018). 
    A significant pure population of the dark European honey bee (Apis mellifera mellifera) remains in Ireland.
    Journal of Apicultural Research, 57:3, pp.337-350, DOI: 10.1080/00218839.2018.1433949
  • Dora Henriques, Keith A. Browne, Mark W. Barnett, Melanie Parejo, Per Kryger, Tom C. Freeman, Irene Muñoz, Lionel Garnery, Fiona Highet, J. Spencer Jonhston, Grace P. McCormack & M. Alice Pinto (2018)
    High sample throughput genotyping for estimating C-lineage introgression in the dark honeybee: an accurate and cost-effective SNP-based tool.
    Scientific Reports volume 8, Article number: 8552. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-26932-1 
  • Martin Gruber (2018)
    Hunters and Guides: Multispecies Encounters between Humans, Honeyguide Birds and Honeybees
    African Study Monographs (2018), 39(4): 169-187  DOI: 10.14989/236670


Published in 2017

  • Denise Margaret S. Matias, Christian Borgemeister, Henrik von Wehrden. (2017)
    Thinking beyond Western commercial honeybee hives: towards improved conservation of honey bee diversity.
    Biodiversity & Conservation, 26, pp.3499–3504. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-017-1404-y 


Published in 2016

  • Denise Margaret S. Matias , Julia Leventon, Anna-Lena Rau, Christian Borgemeister, Henrik von Wehrden (2016)
    A review of ecosystem service benefits from wild bees across social contexts
    Ambio 46, 456–467 (2017). DOI: 10.1007/s13280-016-0844-z 
  • Jane Francis (2016) Apiculture in Roman Crete, in J. E. Francis and A. Kouremenos (eds) Roman Crete: New Perspectives (Oxford, Oxbow).