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.

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Development of Varroa Destructor in Vitro Rearing Methods

University of Florida

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

Vitro Rearing of Queen Honey Bees, Apis mellifera

University of Florida

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

Use of Honey Phytochemical as Honey Bee “Nutraceuticals” to Boost Pesticide Detoxification

University of Ilinois

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

Preservation and Distribution of Probiotic Acetobacteraceae Alpha 2.2 for Use By Beekeepers

USDA-ARS

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

Developing a High-Throughput System of Quantifying and Contextualizing Genetic Diversity in Beekeeping Operations

North Carolina State University

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

Field Exposure and Toxicity of Neonicotinoid Insecticides to Honey Bees via Flowering Field Margins.

NCARL

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

A Temporal Analysis of Honey Bee Colony Health in Migratory Beekeeping Operations.

Pesticide Research Institute & Pollinator

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

Effects of Inducible Reactive Oxygen Species Production on Nosema Ceranae Infection.

Barnard College/Columbia University

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

Understanding how Nutritional Source and Behavioral State Interact and Influence Resistance.

Louisiana State University Ag Center

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

Effect of Commonly Used Agrochemicals and their Interactions on Honey Bee Colony Health.

Oregon State University

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