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Mission

The Center For Honey Bee Research is dedicated to

  • Unbiased research not influenced by politics or funding sources.
  • Complete transparency that eliminates insider information and dark data by making the entire record of a research project publicly available as it is recorded.


Research Proposals

SARE Grant Proposal: Test and Evaluation of the Coweta Sustainable Beekeeping Method

The Coweta Sustainable Beekeeping Method will be tested to see if it increases honey production, produce excess replacement colonies, reduce swarming and lower the mite population without insecticides:

Grant Preproposal

Grant Proposal

Research

Glyphosate

Polystyrene Hive Temperature and Humidity

What can I plant to help the honey bees?

Honey bee on Daisy

What do honey bees like to eat? First, a little background. When a plant is introduced into an area outside of it's native habitat, it often becomes an invasive species due to a lack of predators, competitors, or other limits to growth that existed in it's native environment. Read more...

Experiments

Experiments introduce students to a number of STEM projects and allow hands on experiences in design, research, data gathering and analysis. This project based approach allows for multiple learning styles and reinforces the theory that the students are taught in class. Real world projects are designed to foster an appreciation for and an understanding of how science is conducted in the real world. Pedagogically it also presents a way to have students do significant scientific hands on research instead of just learning about science from a text or lecture. Labor intensive studies that are suited for a student workforce. Data interpretation and analysis will be overseen by the principle investigator.

Effect of local farming practices on honey bee health

The effect of field realistic dosages of a common agricultural herbicide on honey bee gut bacteria was measured.

Lab Experiment I. Effect of a common agricultural herbicide on honey bee gut bacteria (Small Replicates)

Lab Experiment II. Effect of a common agricultural herbicide on honey bee gut bacteria (Medium Replicates)

Insecticide, fungicide and herbicide levels in honey bees (Apis mellifera), wax and pollen were measured in three different environments, Agriculture (Rural farmlands), Urban (Suburb in small city), Pristine (National Forest).

Field Experiment I. Environmental Pesticide Concentrations

Insecticide, fungicide and herbicide levels in honey bees (Apis mellifera), wax and bee bread (pollen) were measured in three different environments: agriculture (rural farmlands), urban (suburb in small city), pristine (national forest). Read More

Field Experiment II. Alternative Forage Pesticide Mitigation

Will controlled plantings of alternative forage, timed to bloom when the corn tassels, reduce the insecticide levels in the hive? Will providing a pollen source with higher protein content attract bees and keep them off corn treated with cyhalothin? This is similar to a trap crop, but instead of attracting agricultural pests away from nearby crops, we would be attracting bees away from the crops. Read More

Mass Spectrometry Analysis of floral sources of honey

Lab Procedures

Small Replicates

1000 to 2000 bees per treatment group