What does IBRA do?

The International Bee Research Association (IBRA) promotes the value of bees by providing information on bee science and beekeeping worldwide.

IBRA is internationally recognised as the world’s primary source and foremost provider of information on bees. Its database and information services, including journals, teaching aids and other publications, embrace all bee species whether managed by man for pollination or their products, or truly wild.

It is a unique organisation established in 1949 for the advancement of bee science and beekeeping (IBRA History). It is a UK Registered Charity No. 209222 and is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and Wales No. 463819. It is managed by a Council of trustees who come from many countries and is run by a small team.

IBRA has one of the largest databases of scientific information on bees and bee related interests in the world. It is funded by sales of publications, through the generosity of our members and supporters, and by donations or legacies.


IBRA_Bee The Amazonian stingless bee Melipona fasciculata is known locally as “uruçu-cinzenta”, and can easily be kept in... https://t.co/jcu9EgyrVd
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IBRA_Bee Libya has had a troubled recent past, but has a long tradition of beekeeping. Ancient Greek sources suggest that... https://t.co/QQ8Au7uO3j
IBRA_Bee Bumble bees are highly valued crop pollinators due to their ability to forage in cooler temperatures than most... https://t.co/jVT6uMQWQZ
IBRA_Bee In spring there is often a rise in honey bee mortality incidents. In a new paper published in the Journal of... https://t.co/cv4jZRvNIb
IBRA_Bee “Form and function in the honey bee”. Lesley Goodman’s classic text, from IBRA... “A wonderful guide to the... https://t.co/0CZ1hitS3W
IBRA_Bee England now has its first reserve for conserving the native dark European honey bee Apis mellifera mellifera.... https://t.co/yOMDr2iYNr
IBRA_Bee Honey bees provide a key managed pollination service resource in world agriculture, providing a flexible, highly... https://t.co/en7CdnGuLU
IBRA_Bee Watch IBRA Member Iain Wallace from Quince Honey Farm, Devon, helping children’s TV presenter Lindsey Russell to... https://t.co/21YZ2hT2kk
IBRA_Bee “Ten years ago I taught beekeeping at a state prison. As a volunteer, I had very little authority and the inmates... https://t.co/Yrn124FdGQ
IBRA_Bee There are thought to be twenty four species of bee eater birds of the genus Merops worldwide, and as their name... https://t.co/C1jJDsQgdw

IBRA produces a range of sources of information about bees for bee scientists, beekeepers and the general public:


If you are interested in publishing a bee related book, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
We supply information to beekeepers, scientists, researchers, extension workers, schools and organisations around the world.

We attend and support conferences and bee conventions around the world. This provides an opportunity to distribute information and to meet our members.

If you would like to become a member please click Join IBRA