publication date: Sep 8, 2008
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IBRA Council Member awarded MBE.

IBRA is delighted to announce that IBRA Council Member Dr Keith Delaplane has been made an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his outstanding services to beekeeping.

        K Delaplane Award                   K dElaplane Award




Kelly Hysan




The Queen Awards Honorary Orders to Four Americans


Four Americans have been honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and were presented their medals by Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott, at a ceremony today at the British Embassy in Washington.


Dr Keith Delaplane, Professor and Walter B. Hill Fellow with the University of Georgia’s Department of  Entomology, has been made an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his outstanding services to beekeeping.


Captain Brian Jordan, United States Marine Corps, has received the British Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy in the air.

Ms Shari McGraw, Co-Head of Human Resources at the British Embassy, has been made an Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her significant achievements in public service.


Ms Judith O’Rourke, Director of Undergraduate Studies at Syracuse University, has been made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of her services to the communities of Syracuse and Lockerbie following the attack on Pan Am 103 in 1988.


“I am delighted that the work of Dr Delaplane, Captain Jordan, Ms McGraw, and Ms O’Rourke has been recognised with these awards,” said Ambassador Peter Westmacott. “Their contributions to the United Kingdom have been invaluable in each of their fields and underscore the deep relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.”


Notes to Editors

  1. The UK honours system recognises exceptional achievement and service to the nation, and includes non-British nationals who receive “Honorary” awards for their important contribution to British interests. All British honours are awarded on merit, and honorary awards are conferred by HM The Queen on the advice of the Government.


  1. For media enquiries and photos please contact Kelly Hysan, Communications Manager, The British Embassy, Washington tel: 202 518 7521.
  2. More on the recipients:
    1. Keith Delaplane's involvement in apiculture and conservation is renowned on a local, national and international scale. He has written 247 publications, completed 182 presentations at professional meetings. Lectured at 236 local meetings: supervised seven research graduates and received many awards at international level. He was an unpaid programme reviewer for the United Kingdom Natural Environment Research Council in 2000. Over the past 11 years. He has given support to Local Beekeepers and he is well known for his scientific and educational work. 
    2. In June of 2012 Captain Brian Jordan, commanding a UH-1Y Utility Helicopter, conducted a life saving casualty evacuation under fire.  Low on fuel, and with UK troops pinned down by the enemy, his actions saved the lives of the casualties and allowed the remaining troops to break contact with the enemy.
    3. Shari McGraw has made a sustained contribution to FCO over the past seven years, three of which as Co-Head of HR for the US Network. In 2009, to recognise her remarkable impact, she was presented with an FCO Leadership Award for excellence in corporate services. She has also been responsible for over a period of around three years where she has successfully managed one of the most complex financial projects the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has ever undertaken.
    4. For over 20 years Judy O’Rourke has provided sustained and exceptional service to the communities of Lockerbie, Scotland, and Syracuse, New York. As Director of Undergraduate Studies at Syracuse University, she created and has since run two scholarship programmes, Lockerbie Scholars and Remembrance Scholars, to remember the 270 lives lost as a result of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on 21 December 1988.


 Gold and Silver awards

at Apimondia.

IBRA is delighted to announce that it's flagship Journal of Apicultural Research has received a Gold Medal and Bee World has won Silver at Apimondia this year.

Top image pictured from left to right are IBRA members and staff involved with the publication of JAR and the BEEBOOK:
Karl Crailsheim, Norman Carreck, Fani Hatjina, Julian Rees, Vincent Dietemann and Jamie Ellis.

Richard Jones, editor of Bee World being presented with the Silver medal. 

Apimondia 2013 JAR Gold

Apimondia 2013 Bee world

IBRA new website under development. 

The development work started at the end of October 2012 and we hope to go live soon.
Julian Rees, Operations Director at IBRA said 'We are very excited about the new website, it will continue to offer access to award winning journals and information whilst being much more user friendly.'
 IBRA is investing in this website to improve it's service to it's members worldwide and for all people with a general interest in bees to access information.
The new site shall provide clear information on the IBRA bookshop, journals, membership events and fundraising activities.

Plants for Bees Launch 

On saturday 29th September at Bridgemere Nursery, Nantwich, Dr William Kirk, author of IBRA's latest publication, Plants for Bees, presented a talk to an attentive audience. 

Dr Kirk, introduced the main species of bees, with helpful tips for identification and then explained the importance of various plants to specific species of honey, bumble and solitary bees. The packed room were shown a selection of stunning images taken from the book and were able to ask questions at the end of the presentation. 

This was followed by a book signing session and the opportunity to purchase several copies! 

The next presentation will be held at the National Library of Wales on Wednesday 27th February 2013. Details to follow.
  Plants for Bees launch

Dr William Kirk at a book signing session.

Eva Crane Memorial Award 2010

Eva Crane Memorial Award.

The annual Eva Crane Memorial Prize is awarded to the best, most innovative and scientifically exciting, article published in the Journal of Apicultural Research each year as judged by the current international panel of Editors. The winning paper for 2011 is the original research article “Nosema ceranae  development in Apis mellifera: influence of diet and infective inoculum” by Martín Porrini, Edgardo Sarlo, Sandra Medici, Paula Garrido, Darío Porrini, Damiani Natalia and Martín Eguaras of the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Read Full Article

Plants for Bees

IBRA's latest publication Plants for Bees is due to be released in the autumn. Visit the new Plants for Bees web site for a preview:


Information can also be found on the Plants for Bees pages of this web site and you can pre-order your copy in advance through the IBRA shop or via Amazon.

Plants for Bees

blue plaque for Eva Crane   Blue Plaque unveiled for Dr Eva Crane.

On Tuesday 12th June a blue plaque was unveiled commemorating the life and work of Dr Eva Crane. The plaque was arranged by the Beverley Beekeeping Assocaition and Hull County Council and is situated on the house where Dr Crane founded the Bee Research Association in 1949.

Read more in the Hull and East Riding news

Pictured: left Richard Jones (IBRA) Dr Chris Coulson (Beverley BKA) 

Awards from Apimondia

IBRA received a Gold and Bronze medal at the Apimondia Congress that recently took place in Buenos Aires.

In the book competition one of our latest publication Varroa - still a problem in the 21st century? won a Gold medal. This book was published as a result of a conference that took place earlier in the year. The award recognises that IBRA has managed to collate some of the most recent research in this field and offers a comprehensive analysis and possible solutions to the varroa problem. If you would like to purchase a copy, click here for the IBRA bookshop.

Bee World was awarded the Bronze medal for obtaining third place in the international bee journal competition. This is a wonderful result showing that the quality of our journal is certainly world class and able to compete with journals that have more staff and resources than we do at IBRA. If you are not a member and interested in receiving Bee World click here for more information.  

Awards at Apimondia 2011

Norman Carreck, IBRA Scientific Director  receiving  the awards at Apimondia


Gormanston 2011


Thank you to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association for organising another excellent week at Gormanston. Once again the IBRA stand was well supported and it was a great opportunity to meet those attending the lectures and workshops.

As always we are grateful to our members who took the time to say 'hello' and we extend a warm welcome to all those who became new members of IBRA during the week.



We are grateful to Steve Benbow for taking the time to talk to IBRA members, trustees and staff at their AGM on Saturday 16th July. His inspiring talk and collection of fascinating photographs (not just of London roof tops!) meant that Steve had everyone's attention for the whole presentation. 

We also acknowledge the hospitality of Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead beekeepers Society who provided some of the refreshments and the venue.   

Pictured from left to right: Sarah Jones, Norman Carreck, Steve Benbow and Hans Kjaersgaard.



Eva Crane Memorial Award 2010  

Announcing the 2010 winner of the
Eva Crane Memorial Award.

 The international panel of editors of the Journal of Apicultural Research (JAR) are delighted to announce that the winner of this years award goes to Simon Potts and his fellow contributors for their excellent paper:

          Declines in managed honey bees and beekeepers in Europe.

This paper has now been made freely available in JAR.
For further information about the award and previous winners please click here.


Bees Under Bombardment

A new report published this week by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has brought together and analysed the latest science on collapsing bee colonies.

The study, entitled Global Bee Colony Disorders and other Threats to Insect Pollinators, underlines that multiple factors are at work linked with the way humans are rapidly changing the conditions and the ground rules that support life on Earth. It shows humans' large dependency on ecosystem services even for such vital sectors as food production.

IBRA Trustee Dr Peter Neumann said: "The transformation of the countryside and rural areas in the past half century or so has triggered a decline in wild-living bees and other pollinators. Society is increasingly investing in ‘industrial-scale' hives and managed colonies to make up the shortfall and going so far as to truck bees around to farms and fields in order to maintain our food supplies". Read more....

See IBRA Press Release in response to the Report



IBRA Varroa Conference  

Varroa - Still a Problem in the 21st Century

After weeks of preparation it was great to see so many had taken the time to attend our one day conference at the University of Worcester. We hope that everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did. We are grateful to the speakers for their excellent presentations and for being able to impart so much information. For more details click here for the conference page. A full report will be available to IBRA members in the next issue of Bee World.

Also see a report in the latest issue of Moderni Vcelara

If you were unable to attend, we will be publishing the papers. These should be on sale by the end of April, so watch the web site for updates!  



After their meeting on 15th October the members of IBRA Council entertained Richard and Jane Jones to a lunch to celebrate Richard’s almost fourteen years’ service as Director  A collection of tributes to Richard from Members of Council and other friends of IBRA from all over the world had been compiled and bound into a presentation volume inscribed:

 ’Richard Jones   IBRA Director  1996 – 2009’. 

At an informal ceremony after lunch Chairman, Hans Kjaersgaard, presented Richard with this celebratory volume, together with a copy of the Encyclopaedia of Wales, a print of the Le Mans 24 hour race and a pen, suitably inscribed.  The book provides an excellent demonstration of the affection in which Richard is held by many in the bee world and he was clearly moved by the occasion.  Tribute was also paid to Jane for all her work for many years in the IBRA bookshop.

R Jones Presentation Lunch

Jane, Richard and Hans Kjaersgaard



IBRA Chairman   

The Chairman of IBRA

On 3rd July IBRA held its Annual General Meeting. Andy Poulter stepped down as Chairman and his place has been taken by Hans Kjaersgaard. Hans has introduced himself by writing a Guest Editorial in the latest issue of Bee World, Vol. 87 (3) and a short biography can also be found on our page for IBRA Council Members 





The Membership and Subscription structure of IBRA has changed. A membership of IBRA will now be offered at a reduced rate and will include 4 issues of "Buzz Extra", along with other benefits.

Journal of Apicultural Research will not be included in this membership, but will be available as a subscription only. Please note that this journal will become electronic and available online only. Hard copies can be provided, but at an additional cost.

Journal of ApiProduct and ApiMedical Science, our new electronic journal published in 2009, will be available as a subscription also.

Please click here for full details of the above.    



New Eva Crane Publication

Although Dr Crane left this world in September 2007 one of her studies, never before published, has just seen the light of day via the Internet. Terms in Indo-European languages for some concepts related to honey, bees and hives

The article appears on Dublin University's School of Celtic Studies web site:


In the paper there is much interesting information and two useful tables showing the similarities, and dissimilarities, of words for a number of bee products. Such words also give an insight into the ways in which communities regarded these products in early times. A useful adjunct to this work is the table on words covering honey and honeydew that appeared in Honey by another name (Jones, R. Buzz Extra Vol 5, No.3 September 2008)

Dr Eva Crane

Eva Crane
(image courtesy Bucks Free Press, 1990)