WSU Honey Bees + Pollinators

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A Global Problem

Honey bees are the single most important pollinator contributing to a healthy global food supply. Declines in insect pollinators worldwide present a challenge for food security.

Washington State University’s new Honey Bee and Pollinator Research, Extension, and Education Facility at Othello, Wash., offers a new home for development of the world’s best programs help save the bees. Opening in spring 2020, this new facility is located amid the pollinator-dependent agriculture of central Washington.

“This facility will increase collaboration and allow for enhanced short courses, demonstrations, and classes for beekeepers—which will directly help the agricultural industry since honey bees are vital to our food supply,” said Steve Sheppard, P. F. Thurber Endowed Professor of Pollinator Ecology in WSU’s Department of Entomology. “This facility will really help upgrade the work we do.”

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Join Us in Saving the Bees

We’re partnering with Paul Stamets and Fungi Perfecti to protect honey bees and pollinators. Our renowned global research program works with beekeepers, scientists, environmentalists and communities to improve honey bee and pollinator health. This effort supports research on how fungi can help honey bees.

Together, our work will ensure the thriving pollination system critically needed for domestic and global food security.

 

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Diagnostic Lab
As part of the research effort on honey bee colony health in the PNW, the Diagnostic Laboratory was set up at WSU in 2008 to evaluate submitted samples for the presence and prevalence of parasites and pathogens.

Breeding Program
The WSU honey bee selection and Breeding Program continues into its 16th year. The program provides selected honey bee stocks to beekeepers through provision of selected queens to the Washington State Beekeepers Association Collaborative Apiaries.

Research Lab
Field research in the apiaries is centered on projects addressing problems of major importance to Pacific Northwest (PNW) beekeepers.

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