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.

Community-based evaluation of a novel resistance mechanism of bees against Varroa.

Dr. Greg Hunt

Purdue University

Community-based evaluation of a novel resistance mechanism of bees against Varroa.

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

Target genes for treatment of Nosema ceranae in honey bees.

Dr. LeellenSolter, University of Illinois

University of Illinois

A proteomic approach to evaluate effects of fumagillin and discover new target genes for treatment of Nosema ceranae in honey bees.

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

Evaluating potential of predatory mite as a biological control agent for Varroa.

Dr. Ramesh Sagili and AshrafunNessa

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Evaluating potential of predatory mite (Stratiolaelapsscimitus) as a biological control agent for Varroa mites and testing Amitraz (Apivar) efficacy and mite resistance.

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

Field exposure and toxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to honeybees via flowering field margins:

Scott Fausti, South Dakota State University

Field exposure and toxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to honeybees via flowering field margins: The importance of continual pesticide exposure in bee forage.

This project is completed.

Click here to download Field Exposure And Toxicity Of Neonicotinoid

Drought stressed sunflowers: Impacts on pollen nutritional value.

Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp

University of Maryland

Drought stressed sunflowers: Impacts on pollen nutritional value and concentrations of seed treated pesticides.

This project is completed.

Click here to download Drought Stressed Sunflowers

Are virus levels reduced in honey bees from propolis-stimulated hives?

Dr. Kim Mogen

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Are virus levels reduced in honey bees from propolis-stimulated hives?

This project is completed.

Click here to download Nhb Propolis Proposal Uwrf Umn 2015

Characterizing the contribution of supplemental feeding to honey bee colony strength.

Dr. Daniel Schmehl

University of Florida

Characterizing the contribution of supplemental feeding to honey bee (Apismellifera) colony strength, Nosema virulence, and detoxification gene activity.

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

Probiotic use of Acetobacteriacea Alpha 2.2 for improving honey bee colony health.

Dr. Vanessa Corby-Harris and Dr. Kirk E. Anderson

USDA Carl Hayden Bee Research Center

Probiotic use of Acetobacteriacea Alpha 2.2 for improving honey bee colony health

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

Field exposure and toxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to honeybees via flowering field margins:

Scott Fausti, South Dakota State University

Field exposure and toxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to honeybees via flowering field margins: The importance of continual pesticide exposure in bee forage.

This project is completed.

Click here to download Field Exposure And Toxicity Of Neonicotinoid

Evaluating the effects of pesticide exposures on Nosema Ceranae virus levels and immunity in honey b

Dr. Brenna E. Traver

Virginia Tech

Colonies will be exposed to three different treatments (fumagillin, the antibiotic used for N. ceranae control, the pyrethroid miticide tau-fluvalinate, and the fungicide chlorothalonil) to determine whether treatment has an impact on N. ceranae levels, and whether exposure to the three treatments impacts the immune responses in bees.

This project is completed.

Click here to download Evaluating The Effects Of Pesticide Exposure On Nosema Ceranae