Honey Bee Research

The National Honey Board (NHB) is committed to finding ways to help beekeepers maintain the health of their honey bees and was among the first to provide funding for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) research in early 2007. Since 2004, the NHB has committed more than three million dollars to fund countless honey bee health research projects.

In 2017, the NHB partnered with Project Apis m. (PAm) to administer the NHB’s production research funding. This collaboration streamlined efforts to support the beekeeping industry, by merging the NHB funding opportunities with several other efforts which PAm coordinates. PAm administers several initiatives with funding from many sources, including corporate sponsors, private donations and grants. The NHB and PAm partnership will allow a broader influence on projects and a collaboration with other resources, when necessary, for projects that may require more time or funding commitments. To find out more about the work of PAm, please click here.

This section provides information on NHB-funded research, sorted by year of funding. This information is made available to keep researchers, consumers and the beekeeping community informed about NHB's proactive involvement in honeybee health projects.

Development of Predators as a Sustainable, Cost-effective Tool for Managing the Varroa Mite

Lundgren/Ecdysis

North Carolina State University

Development of Predators as a Sustainable, Cost-effective Tool for Managing the Varroa Mite

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Drought induced impacts on honey bee nutrition and productivity.

Rankin

University of California

Drought induced impacts on honey bee nutrition and productivity.

Influence of Varroa mite (Varrao destructor) levels and management practices.

Rinkevich

Louisiana State University

Influence of Varroa mite (Varrao destructor) levels and management practices on insecticide sensitivity in the honey bee.

The probiotic potential of Lactobacillus Kunkeei for honey production.

McFrederick

University of California

The probiotic potential of Lactobacillus Kunkeei for honey production.

Investigating the roll of pathogens on honey bee colony health.

Dr. Michelle Flenniken

Montana State University

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) colony health and pathogen composition in migratory beekeeping operations involved in California almond pollination.

This project is completed. Click here to see the final report.

A Temporal analysis of honey bee colony heath in migratory beekeeping operations.

Kegley

Pesticide Research Institute & Pollinator

A Temporal analysis of honey bee colony heath in migratory beekeeping operations: Assessment of the relative contributions of agrochemical residues, pathogen incidence and abundance and pest loads to colony declines

Field exposure and toxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to honey bees via flowering field margins.

Lundgren

NCARL

Field exposure and toxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to honey bees via flowering field margins: the importance of continual pesticide exposure in bee forage.

Effects of inducible reactive oxygen species production on nosema ceranae infection.

Snow

Barnard College/Columbia University

Effects of inducible reactive oxygen species production on nosema ceranae infection.

This project is completed. Click here to see final report.

Understanding how nutritional source and behavioral state interact and influence resistance.

Ottea

Louisiana State University Ag Center

Understanding how nutritional source and behavioral state interact and influence resistance to abiotic stressors in honey bees.

This project is completed. Click here to see final report.

Effect of commonly used agrochemicals and their interactions on honey bee colony health.

Dr. Ramesh Sagili

Oregon State University

Effect of commonly used agrochemicals and their interactions on honey bee colony health.