Krispn Given receives Purdue’s “Behind the Research” honor

Honey bee researcher and bee breeder Krispn Given was selected for the “Behind the Research” honor.  Each academic year, the college profiles six people whose work supports the College of Agriculture’s global reputation for developing innovative, multidisciplinary solutions to challenges and then putting those solutions into action. Krispn continues to bring to Purdue a world class reputation in innovative honey …

Size Matters for Bee ‘Superorganism’ Colonies

  Like neurological systems and human social groups, new research on bees offers clues to how biological collectives make choices under dynamic conditions Scientists have carefully studied the intricacies of how individual organisms live and act together in groups known as biological collectives. In “superorganisms” such as bee colonies, the interactions of the individual members add up to benefit the entire colony. Details …

As-Needed Pesticide Use Brings Wild Bees, Increases Watermelon Yield Without Reducing Corn Profits

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Many farmers rent bee hives to pollinate crops, but they could tap into the free labor of wild bees by adopting an as-needed approach to pesticides, a new proof-of-concept study shows. A multiyear study of commercial-scale fields in the Midwest found this approach led to a 95% reduction in pesticide applications, while maintaining or increasing crop yield …

Researchers Develop Self-Pollinating Almond
With a Gold Mine of Tasty Traits

ARS News Service Parlier, Calif., Oct. 18, 2021 — One day, Yorizane may be synonymous with almonds and California. So what is a Yorizane and what does it have to do with almonds? Yorizane is a new self-pollinating almond variety developed by USDA's Agricultural Research Service with superb consumer traits such as size, color, and flavor. But it is Yorizane's ability to …

Breeding Honey Bees Adapted for Regionalized Plants
and Artificial Diets

ARS News Service Kim Kaplan October 1, 2021, Baton Rouge, La.- Honey bees could be intentionally bred to thrive on plants that are already locally present or even solely on artificial diets, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (ARS) study. ARS researchers found individual bees respond differently to the same diet and that there is a strong genetic …

Honey Saves Hives Returns for National Honey Month!

Happy National Honey Month!  Have you heard the buzz? It’s National Honey Month, and we’ve partnered with author, chef and TV personality Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes to celebrate! We’re excited to announce the return of our Honey Saves Hives program, where YOU can help protect the bees. By purchasing select made-with-honey products from the participating brands below during the …

USDA – ARS Study Shows Amygdalin in Almond Nectar Can Reduce Viruses and Gut Parasites in Honey Bees

BELTSVILLE, Md., June 22, 2021 – Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that a component in almond nectar and pollen can reduce honey bee viruses and gut parasites, which are some of the leading threats to bee health and colonies. The study, published in the journal Insects, showed amygdalin — a naturally-occurring chemical …

Off-label Varroa Treatments Pose Long-term Risks for Beekeeping Industry

Honey Bee Health Coalition Publishes Guide Documenting How Commercial Beekeepers Keep Healthy Hives without Consistent Use of Off-label Varroa Treatments DENVER, CO, Keystone Policy Center – Commercial beekeepers are finding success treating Varroa, a parasitic mite that kills honeybees, in their hives without relying exclusively on off-label chemical treatments, according to a guide published this week by the Honey Bee Health Coalition. …