Honey and Bee Research
Production research is one aspect of the National Honey Board’s overall research efforts and generally includes anything related to the natural production of honey prior to packaging. We currently allocate five percent of our anticipated revenues each year to this type of research. Bee health research on issues like Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and external factors affecting honey bees and their development also fall under the production research category.
The health of honey bees is of great importance to the National Honey Board. In addition to producing honey, honey bees provide a vital benefit to agriculture through pollination of many food crops. Beekeepers must overcome many challenges, like varying weather conditions and CCD, to keep their honey bee colonies healthy.
Although we care deeply about the health of honey bees, our main focus is on providing information about honey and honey products. For more detailed information on honey bees, please contact the American Beekeeping Federation or the American Honey Producers Association. For more information on CCD, you can view the latest information and reports by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service here (Please note this is a large PDF file that may take a minute to download).
Honey Bee Research
Honey Bee Research
The National Honey Board is committed to finding ways to help beekeepers maintain the health of their honey bees and was among the first to provide funding for CCD research in early 2007. Since 2004, the National Honey Board has funded multiple honey bee health research projects..
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 honey bee health projects.
Summaries and references to honey nutritional studies.
The summaries below are intended to highlight several of the key findings from market research studies conducted or funded by the National Honey Board.
Project Apis m. (PAm) and the National Honey Board (NHB) are pleased to announce that PAm will be administering the NHB production research funds starting in 2017.
Every honey bee colony in the continental United States and Canada either has Varroa mites today or will have them within several months. Varroa mite infestation represents one of the greatest threats to honey bee health, honey production, and pollination services. Below please find a set of videos that the National Honey Board helped to fund and were created by the Honey Bee Health Coalition to provide practical step-by-step demonstrations on monitoring and controlling varroa mites in your hives. Please also see the Tools for Varroa Management Guide and other Varroa management resources at http://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/varroa/.