The goal of the USDA-ARS Areawide program is to increase colony survival and availability for pollination and thus increase the profitability of beekeeping. A comprehensive bee management system is taking shape, centered around the following objectives.
- Increase colony strength for pollination of almonds and subsequent crops.
- Demonstrate that resistant bee stocks reduce operating costs and increase survivor-ship.
- Demonstrate improved parasitic mite control with proper timing of application.
- Improve the content and delivery methods for carbohydrate and protein diets.
- Improve the integrated use of controls for pests and diseases including non-chemical beekeeping methodology.
Participating ARS labs
- Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit: Baton Rouge, Louisiana bee lab
- Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville: Beltsville, Maryland bee lab
- Carl Hayden Bee Research Center Tucson, Arizona bee lab
- Honey Bee Research Unit (HBRU) at Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center: Weslaco, Texas bee lab