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.

Social Network Plasticity in the Honey Bee Colony: Interactive Effects of Disease Defense and Environmental Conditions

Dr. Brian Johnson

University California Davis

Cold storage as Varroa control for honey bees in warm climates: Individual- and colony-level effects

Dr. William Meikle

USDA-ARS Tucson

Using genomics to predict drone quality: Why are there so many 'dud' male honey bees?

Dr. Brock Harpur

Purdue University

Identification of Genetic Markers of Amitraz Resistance in Varroa

Dr. Frank Rinkevich

USDA-ARS Baton Rouge

Risk factors for European Foulbrood disease: Why do some colonies develop severe bacterial disease during blueberry bloom?

Dr. Meghan Millbrath

Michigan State University

Increasing Queen Supply Through Improved Commercial Queen Banking Practices

Dr. Brandon Hopkins

Washington State University

Evaluating nutritional composition and bee attractiveness of predominant floral species in Project Apis m. seed mixes and understanding pathogen spillover between managed and native bees foraging on these floral species

Dr. Ramesh Sagili

Oregon State University

Evaluating and Comparing Amitraz Resistance in Varroa Mite Populations in the United States and Canada

Dr. Ramesh Sagili & Hoover

Oregon State University

Refine and Validate a Field Assay to Detect Amitraz Resistance in Varroa

Dr. Jeff Pettis

Pettis and Assoc. LLC

Investigating Effects of Sterol Biosynthesis Inhibiting Fungicides on Honey Bee Health and Pollen Phytosterol Composition

Dr. Ramesh Sagili & Chakrabarti

Oregon State University