Education & Research:
Following is a list of some of the many honey bee education and research organizations.
Dyce Laboratory for Honey Bee Studies
Department of Entomology
Ithaca, NY 14853
Dyce Laboratory for Honey Bee Studies named after Professor Eldon J. Dyce who headed Cornell's honey bee program from 1947 - 1966. Professor Dyce is best known for his research on the properties of honey and his patented method for producing creamed honey. The Dyce Method is used by commercial and hobbyist producers of creamed honey throughout the world.
Seeley, Thomas D., Biologist
Thomas D. Seeley is professor of biology at Cornell University, a passionate beekeeper, and the world’s leading expert on bee behavior. His scientific work focuses on understanding the phenomenon of swarm intelligence (SI): the solving of cognitive problems by a group of individuals who pool their knowledge and process it through social interactions. For the past 30 years he has been investigating the mechanisms of SI in honey bee colonies.
His efforts at understanding how a honey bee colony solves the problem of allocating its foragers so that it gathers its food efficiently, in sufficient quantity, and with the correct nutritional mix is reviewed in detail in his book The Wisdom of the Hive (1995, Harvard University Press). Exactly how a swarm of honey bees chooses a new home (through holding a democratic debate) is reviewed in his book Honeybee Democracy (2010, Princeton University Press).
Seeley shows there are intriguing similarities between how the bees in a swarm and the neurons in a brain are organized so that even though each unit (bee or neuron) has limited information and limited intelligence, the group as a whole makes first-rate collective decisions.
U.C. Davis Apiculture/E.L. Nino Bee Lab
Doctor Elina L. Nino
Assistant Extension Apiculturist
Supporting California beekeeping through research, extension, and outreach. Harry H. Laidlaw Honey
U.C. Davis, Bee Research Facility
Bee Biology Road
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
The Harry H. Laidlaw Honey Bee Research Facility is the largest and most comprehensive state-supported apiculture facility in North America and the only one in California. Their cutting-edge research focuses on basic bee biology and genetics. They address international concerns about bee health, and meet the needs of California's multibillion dollar agriculture industry. Their expertise includes honey bee breeding and genetics, and native bee biology. They investigate declining populations of honey bees, native bees, and insect pollinators to provide solutions.
The Haagan-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden next to the Laidlaw Facility, was planted in 2009. http://beebiology.ucdavis.edu/HAVEN/index.html
U.C. San Diego, Division of Biological Sciences
9500 Gilman Dr., MC0116
La Jolla, CA 92093
James C. Nieh
Professor, Section of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution
Division of Biological Sciences
Office: Muir Biology Room 1116
(w) 858 822 5010
(fax) 858 534 7108
Mailing address for letters:
James C. Nieh
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0116
La Jolla, CA 92093-0116
Mailing address for packages:
James C. Nieh
Biology Building Rm1121
7835 Trade St. Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92121-2460
Research in the Nieh lab focuses on how natural and man-made stressors affect the biology of and cognitively sophisticated behaviors exhibited by bees. Our research focuses on two areas: (1) the selective pressures that may have shaped the evolution of communication in highly social bees and (2) honey bee health. We use the tools of Behavioral Ecology, Chemical Ecology, Animal Communication and Neuroethology to work with bumble bees, stingless bees, and honey bees. Five different topic areas are detailed below. For further information, please view the Nieh Lab Homepage.
Honey bee health: https://labs.biology.ucsd.edu/nieh/honeybee_health.html
What’s new: https://labs.biology.ucsd.edu/nieh/inthenews.html
All their publications: https://labs.biology.ucsd.edu/nieh/publications.html
Michigan State University
Department of Entomology
East Lansing, MI 48824
cyberbee.msu.ed is a service provided by Zachary Huang, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University as a portal for honey bee related information, which includes honey bee biology, research and beekeeping.
North Carolina State University
Department of Entomology
Campus Box 7613
Raleigh, NC 27695-7613
(David Tarpy, Associate Professor and Extension Apiculturist)
The research focus of the NCSU Apiculture program is to further understanding of honey bee biology and to better our ability of bee management. To accomplish these goals, they are involved in various experiments that range from highly technical and theoretical to very applied and useful for the average beekeeper. Their program serves the needs of the university and general public by proving extension services and instruction built on a foundation of basic and applied research.
North Carolina State Extension
Queen & Disease Clinic
Penn State University
College of Agricultural Sciences
Department of Entomology
501 ASI Building
University Park, PA 16802
Entomological research resides in four main program areas: chemical ecology; disease biology and ecology; ecological applications; and pollinator biology, health, and ecology.
Project Apis m. (PAm)
PO Box 3157
Chico, CA 95927
Project Apis m. was established by beekeepers and orchardists in 2006 as a 'New Vision' to fund honey bee research on managed colonies. Their goal is to fund and direct research to improve the health and vitality of honey bee colonies while improving crop production. Emphasis is placed on research studies that have realistic and practical usefulness for beekeeping businesses.
Scientific Beekeeping (Randy Oliver)
14744 Meadow Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Beekeeping through a Biologist's Eyes: Randy Oliver has kept bees for most of his life and views beekeeping through the eyes of a biologist, reseacher, and nature lover. Randy owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in Northern California. He and his two sons manage about 1000 colonies for migratory pollination, and produce queens, nucs, and honey. He has over 40 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus he holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences. Randy researches, analyses, and digests beekeeping information from all over the world in order to not only broaden his own depth of understanding and knowledge, but to develop practical solutions to many of today's beekeeping problems, which he then shares with other beekeepers through his various articles in bee magazines, speaking engagements worldwide, and on his website: http://scientificbeekeeping.com/
University of Georgia (Extension) CAES Campus
Keith S. Delaplane, Entomologist
University of Minnesota
Dept. of Entomology
219 Hodson Hall
1980 Folwell Ave.
St. Pau, MN 55108
The goal of the bee lab at the University of Minnesota is to promote the health of bee pollinators. Their primary research is on honey bees, ranging from basic studies on mechanisms of social behaviors to applied studies on bee breeding and management. They study the abundance and diversity of native bee pollinators. Research includes: Breeding better bees, discovering bees natural defenses - propolis, improving management and conservation of other pollinators, reducing pesticide use, delivering research discoveries to beekeepers.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE (USDA-ARS):
The mission of USDA-ARS is to develop means to solve agricultural problems of broad scope and of high national priority. Through fundamental and applied research, ARS tries to ensure continuity of an adequate supply of high quality food and fiber products to meet the needs of the American people and to provide products for worldwide export. Honey bees fill a unique position in contemporary U.S. agriculture. They pollinate more than 90 food, fiber and seed crops valued at $9 billion annually. In addition, the small but vigorous beekeeping industry produces honey, beeswax and other products for direct consumer use. Beekeeping also is a hobby for more than 100,000 people in the United States.
There are five USDA-ARS Bee Labs. The one in Maryland will provide authoritative diagnosis of pests and diseases and ID of Africanization. Each page has a Products and Services Link on the left for such things.
USDA-ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics & Physiology Research Laboratory
1157 Ben Hur Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70820-5502
The mission of the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit is directly related to improving honey bee stock and honey bee management. This includes components related to problems caused by varroa mites, tracheal mites, nosema and small hive beetles. The devastating problems caused by varroa mites and the serious problems caused by tracheal mites are targeted as the most critical. Scientists are engaged in breeding and testing honey bees for resistance to mites, evaluating mite-bee interactions to better describe breeding criteria, and evaluate stock production processes to explore and solve stock problems caused by mites.
USDA-ARS The Bee Research Laboratory
Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
10300 Baltimore Ave.
Bldg. 476, Room 100, BARC-EAST
Beltsville, MD 20705
The mission of the Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville is to conduct research on the biology and control of honey bee parasites, diseases, and pests to ensure an adequate supply of bees for pollination and honey production. Using biological, molecular, chemical and non-chemical approaches, scientists are developing new, cost-effective strategies for controlling parasitic mites like Varroa destructor, bacterial diseases like American foulbrood, and emergent pests like the small hive beetle and the gut parasite Nosema ceranae. Additional research focuses on virus transmission, and the impact of pests and pathogens on worker and queen longevity and colony survival. Bee Research Laboratory staff also provides authoritative diagnosis of bee diseases and pests for Federal and State regulatory agencies and beekeepers on a worldwide basis.
The Bee Research Laboratory at Beltsville, MD has a service for the diagnosis of bee diseases provided by the laboratory for beekeepers and state inspectors. For more info contact: https://www.ars.usda.gov/northeast-area/beltsville-md-barc/beltsville-agricultural-research-center/bee-research-laboratory/
Pollinating Insects Research Unit
BNR Room 261
Dept. Biology UMC 5310
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84333-5310
The mission of the Pollinating Insect - Biology, Management and Systematics Research Unit (PIRU) is the development of non-Apis bees, for example the alfalfa leafcutting bee and blue orchard bee, as crop pollinators. Research emphasis areas include the development and improvement of management systems for bee populations, biological studies of bees, plant-pollination systems, and bee biosystematics. Cross-pollinated crops not effectively pollinated by honey bees have been targeted for improved pollination management, and the candidacy of selected pollinator species continues to be evaluated. Current research on established species, like the alfalfa leafcutting bee and blue orchard bee, is directed toward developing control programs for pests and diseases, improving management that will result in better bee health and demonstrating pollination efficacy and increased producer profitability on "new" crops.
Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
2000 East Allen Road
Tucson, AZ 85719
The mission of the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center (CHBRC) is to conduct research to optimize the health of honey bee colonies, through improved nutrition and control of Varroa mites, in order to maximize production of honey bee pollinated crops.
2413 E. Highway 83, Bldg. 213
Welasco, TX 78596
The mission of the Honey Bee Research Unit (HBRU) is to develop technology for managing honey bees in the presence of africanized honey bees, parasitic mites, stress, and diseases.
International Bee Research Association (I.B.R.A.)
Unit 6 Centre Court,
Main Avenue, Treforest, R C T, CF37 5YR, UK
Tel: 0 44 (0)29 2037 2409
Founded in 1949, the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) is a not for profit organisation. It is funded from the generosity of members and supporters, and by donations and legacies.
IBRA is run by a small team of dedicated staff and an international board of Trustees. In summary they collect, collate and disseminate information on all species of bees.
The BeeWorld Project promotes the understanding and value of bees in schools. By connecting schools worldwide, the program encourages schools and communities to share their learning experiences of these fascinating creatures and what they are doing to help.
The BeeWorld team work with beekeepers, universities and schools to promote responsibility for conservation of nature, biodiversity and sustainability through bees and beekeeping.
IBRA is a publishing house, producing a varied and extensive selection of bee publications including: Journal of Apicultural Research, Bee World, Journal of ApiProduct and ApiMedical Medical Science, Books covering all aspects of bee research, leaflets, and are the proud owners of the IBRA / Eva Crane Library Collection.