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There have been almost no activity on IDmyBee since summer 2020 due to various reasons, from Covid to a flourish of new projects on wild bees happening all at the same time and that have taken most of our time, and the failure to get funding to develop IDmyBee identification tools.
But even if there is nothing to show, things are happening and IDmyBee should change in 2023.
First, the European commission funded the development of taxonomic resources for wild bees through the project ORBIT, led by Denis Michez from Mons University. This project started mi-2021.
The European commission also funded SPRING, to monitor pollinators, including wild bees.
Both of these projects have initiated the improvement of identification resources for wild bees, at different scales and for different publics. It is a work in progress, as everything takes time, but it should lead in the coming months to the update of the species list of European genera, and to the improvement of the IDmyBee-genera identification tool.
Finally, the french national research agency funded a research project dedicated to the identification of wild bees in France, which should help the development of IDmyBee for some of the genera.
So stay tuned, and reach out if you want to help us document wild bee species and improve our ability to identify them.
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