International Bee Research Association (IBRA)
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CTA. 1993. International Bee Research Association (IBRA). Spore 48. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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International Bee Research Association (IBRA)The International Bee Research Association (IBRA) is the world information service for bees and beekeeping, Its headquarters are in Cardiff, UK and although it was set up in 1949 as the Bee Research...
The International Bee Research Association (IBRA) is the world information service for bees and beekeeping, Its headquarters are in Cardiff, UK and although it was set up in 1949 as the Bee Research Association with a primary focus on the United Kingdom industry it very soon established an international reputation and advisory capacity. The BRA became IBRA in 1976, although it remained a non-profit making NGO funded by grants, subscriptions, donations and fees for services. IBRA works to promote beekeeping as a practical and sustainable form of agriculture for developing countries, and it acts as a contact point and information exchange forum on beekeeping for governments, international agencies, research institutes, beekeepers and rural development specialists. This aspect of the Association's work is currently in considerable demand because a growing focus of rural development is the increasing importance of non-wood forest products, including honey and beeswax. Beekeeping has much to offer both conventional farmers and those with little or no land. Hives can be relatively inexpensive, they occupy very little space and the work involved does not take up much time and can be fitted in around other routine work. Because no great physical strength is needed, and bee hives can be close to houses, bees can be a very welcome supplementary enterprise and source of income. However most bees, though not all, sting and it is essential that would-be beekeepers (apiarists) learn how to manage their hives and handle their bees. They will then not only optimize production of bee products but also ensure safety to themselves and their neighbours. IBRA promotes research on bees and beekeeping, and interprets and communicates research results and new technologies to scientists and beekeepers. The IBRA library holds a wealth of information on beekeeping unequalled elsewhere. It includes over 30,000 books and reprints, together with beekeeping journals, these, reports and biographies. New publications from many countries are constantly added and the resources of the library are used to service information requests from all over the world, as well as to support the work of IBRA's own technical staff. Branch libraries have been established with the cooperation of scientific institutes in Colombia, India, Japan and in Kenya at the Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources, Nairobi. IBRA has Members and subscribers in over 100 countries and they benefit from the Association's services including its publications. Bee world is the official journal of the Association and is sent to Members four times a year. It features news and authoritative articles and reviews on recent practical and scientific developments. Apicultural abstracts gives an up-to-date summary of world literature and covers all aspects of research and technical development concerning Apis and other bee species. It includes bee forage, hive products and pollination. This journal is produced using the CAB International computerized system and the database can be searched back to 1973. The Journal of apicultural research is a primary research journal publishing original research papers from all parts of the world. In addition to these journals, IBRA publishes textbooks, reference books, bibliographies, newsletters, advisory leaflets and reports, and offers an international mail-order book service for a wide range of titles. IBRA 18 North Road Cardiff CF1 3DY UK