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Bees and Flowering Plants

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Science (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 1250
Advanced bachelor level

We will study the amazing functions of bee behaviour and the very special relation of bees with flowering plants. Why are bees so important for us and for the natural flora? The biodiversity within the group of the bees will be studied at a world-wide level. Students will actively participate in lab work, field observations and will have a chance to observe behaviour inside the living colony of the Honeybee.

Bees and flowering plants

The relation between bees and flowering plants is the general focus. At advanced level we will study bee biology (biodiversity, ecology, and behaviour). The history of bee development in geological time (as from ± 100 MYA) was a tight “co-evolution” with the flowering plants. The result is an intimate relation between bees and plants. The role of insect pollination in agriculture is an important topic of our course. Students will participate in laboratory work and field observations on bee behaviour and flower biology.

A practical introduction in the biology and keeping of bees
Lectures and demonstrations will explain how bees live and what the difference is between bees and other insects. What are the major groups of bees that occur world-wide and why are bees so important for us and for nature? How are colony-living bees being kept here and in the tropics?

A safe look inside the bee colony
Students will be able to observe the functioning of fantastic bee behaviour and various phenomena of the complex social organization inside the living colony.

Limited capacity
The course has a maximum number of 12 participants.

Tags: biology, bees, bee ecology and social behaviour, pollination, biodiversity, beekeeping, honey and wax, bee-plant coevolution, greenhouses, bumblebees

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Marinus J. Sommeijer


This course may be attractive to students of Science, Biology, Agronomy, Economy and Environmental studies.
MSc-students and PhD-students. Also open for advanced BSc-students.


The aim is to introduce students in the biology and the management of bees and in the importance of bee pollination in agriculture and nature. The fascinating “social” behaviour of bees will be demonstrated as well as the significance of beekeeping.


Eight days full time, including field visits, excursions and demonstrations.


• € 1250 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 900 - Course + course materials

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Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.


Marinus J. Sommeijer;, phone +31 30 2734821, gsm +31620026754;

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Deadline for registration: 01 July 2017

Application closed