Clarins Ireland is helping to fund a two-year bee research project, taking place at Maynooth University department of biology.
The project aims to examine the immune response of winter bees, which can live up to six months but are susceptible to infection. The research is hoped to improve the survival rates of the bees.
Eoghan O’Sullivan, general manager, Clarins Ireland said, ”As a company, Clarins Group uses over 250 plants and flowers in the formulation of our products. Honey bee’s and their role in our natural environment, now more than ever, is vital.”
He continued, ”It is important that we understand how to improve Irish bee health and survival rates through the winter period. The importance of this study will allow other countries and beekeeping communities to analyse, interpret and improve the survival rates of the over-wintering bee.”
As part of the study researchers will analyse the effectiveness of the different treatments, and the best time for the treatment to allow for optimum survival of the winter bees.