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.

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

Understanding and Improving Honey Bee Nutrition to Mitigate Colony Losses

Dr. Ramesh Sagili

Oregon State University

Interactions Among Mating Quality, Relatedness, and Pheromonal Signals During Queen Acceptance

David Tarpy

North Carolina State Univesity

Development of Predators as a Sustainable, Cost-effective Tool for Managing the Varroa Mite

Lundgren/Ecdysis

North Carolina State University

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

Developing and Testing a Nosema Treatment

Snow

Barnard College

Protecting Queens for Improved Colony Productivity

Jeff Pettis

Pettis and Associates LLC

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

Interactions Among Mating Quality, Readiness, Relatedness, and Pheromonal Signals During Queen Acceptance

David Tarpy

North Carolina State University

Do Varroa Treatment Products and/or the Banking of Queens Negatively Affecting Honey Bee Queen Reproductive Quality?

Juliana Rangel

Texas A&M

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

Bee Integrated Demonstration Project Year 1

Honey Bee Health

Coalition/Shaprio

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