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.

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

Dr. Ramesh Sagili & Chakrabarti

Oregon State University

Bee Integrated Demonstration Project Year 3

Julie Shapiro

Keystone Policy Center

Influence of viral infection on honey bee individuals and colony-level foraging preferences and determination of nutritional impacts

Dr. Hannah Penn

Louisiana State University andAgCenter

Influence of Propolis Deposition on Insecticide Sensitivity and Detoxification Activity in the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Dr. Frank Rinkevich

USDA-ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiology

Evaluating the nectar and pollen resources of alternative livestock forages to alfalfa

Dr. Andony Melathopoulos

Oregon State University

Mechanisms behind the gut microbiome suppression of honey bee fungal brood pathogens

Dr. Svjetlana Vojvodic

Rowan University

Use of Functionalized Carbon Microparticles to Mitigate Sublethal Effects of Pesticides on Honey Bees

Dr. Brandon Hopkins

Washington State University

Bee Integrated Demonstration Project Year 2

Julie Shapiro

Keystone Policy Center

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

Protecting Drones From Heat Stress and Mitisides

Jeff Pettis

Pettis and Associates, LLC

Investigating the Effects of Three Classes of Pesticides on Honey Bee Fat Metabolism and Forager Performance

Vanessa Corby-Harris

USDA-ARS Tucson, AZ