UPDATES: A SECURED RESEARCH GRANT FROM THE GERMAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Universities of Wuerzburg and Hohenheim (Germany) in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (Tanzania), International Center of Insect Ecology and Physiology (ICIPE, Kenya), and Makerere University (Uganda) have secured a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to carry out a three-year project. The project, funded with about 500,000 Euros, seeks to determine molecular mechanisms underlying local adaptation to high elevation habitats of honey bees and is led by Prof. Dr. Ricarda Scheiner (University of Wuerzburg) and Prof. Dr. Martin Hasselmann (University of Hohenheim). The project will be carried out on three high-mountains of East Africa including Mt. Meru. WCST will mobilize beekeepers, coordinate field logistics in Tanzania, facilitate the process of recruiting Tanzanian graduate researchers to conduct the study, and pursue some programs in Germany. Some WCST members will also benefit from the project by taking part in the experiments on the translocation of honeybee colonies between different elevations. Besides, Master students connected to WCST will be involved in the study and will receive training in the state-of-the-art molecular methods in Wuerzburg and Hohenheim, Germany. WCST will further profit from equipment for the studies. The results of this project will help to better understand the importance of local honey bee diversity. For more information about the project please visit www.wcst.or.tz.