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Honey bee workers landing at their hive entrance. Other hives in the background. Photo: M. Ostap-Chec

Apiary in Kraków, Poland

The Team is managing a small experimental apiary on the outskirts of Kraków. Currently, the apiary comprises 10 Apis mellifera families in good health. It includes an on-site workshop suitable for undemanding research work and keeping all necessary beekeeping materials.

It is possible to increase the number of families if needed.

The apiary is registered in the Poviat Veterinary Inspectorate in Kraków.

Piedmont, Italy

We use mountainous areas in the region to study the altitudinal gradient and its effect on the diversity and distribution of tardigrades. Tardigrade fauna of the region is quite well known, which is something that facilitates species identification and helps in ecology-oriented studies. 

Many of the areas of interest are protected, but we possess the necessary permits to conduct research in these precious sites. 

We go as high as 2500 meters above the sea level. The sites are close to the local research facilities of our Italian collaborators. 

Overview of mountainous area in Piedmont, Italy. Visible rocks with moss cushions. Photo: D. Stec
Flat sandy area with some sparse overgrowth. Pine forest visible in the distance. Photo: K. Miler

Błędowska Desert, Poland

The "desert" is a large sandy area near Olkusz, about 70 km from Kraków. It is rich in sand-dwelling ants such as Formica cinerea and two species of trap-building antlions, Euroleon nostras and Myrmeleon bore. We use this area to source these animals for some of our projects.

Although it is a tourist destination and there is a lot of human disturbance, it is possible to find more remote and isolated sites suitable for field setups. 

The area is unique for Central Europe and worth visiting in its own right.

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