Center for Honeybee Research began working on Project Genesis in 2012. This bi-weekly data collection is by far the most impressive longitudinal study to date to compare hive management strategies. This enables us to provide updated, science-backed best practices to beekeepers around the world.
Whether we are collaborating with university researchers or with other beekeepers using traditional or state-of-the-art methods, we are dedicated to contributing real answers to the questions, “What is killing the honeybees?” and, “How can we help them?”
We are also pioneering the open-sourced collection of data from hives around the world via real-time online monitoring using HiveTool™.
One of our academic guest speakers, when asked about the “million dollar” federal grant he received to find the cause of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) replied, “It wasn’t a million dollars, but let’s say it was. Right off the bat the University takes $500,000 for administration. What’s left goes to overhead, and utilities – I’ve got paid staff and technicians and laboratory supplies. So that million dollars becomes $10,000 to do actual research.”
The story is similar at other universities and at the USDA Honeybee labs — funds are eaten up by overhead and can be eliminated by budget cuts. Most research dollars are wasted on incidental and administrative expenses. As a volunteer organization, with crowd-sourced, web-networked citizen-science data, our overhead is extremely low, and our data quality extremely high.
Learn more about our research on our Project Genesis page.