The Department of Entomology currently maintains and operates over 250 colonies distributed in 10 research and teaching apiaries.
Field research in the apiaries is centered on projects addressing problems of major importance to Pacific Northwest (PNW) beekeepers. Current colony health research includes: monitoring seasonal variation in Nosema ceranae infestations, molecular characterization of Nosema species in the PNW, evaluation of interactions between parasites and pathogens and examining sub-lethal effects of chemical residues in the hive and the environment.
Workshops offered by the WSU Honey Bee Program
Interested in starting some bee colonies or want more confidence in working and caring for these? This 2 day course will cover bee biology, pest/disease identification, colony management, honey bee IPM, and gloveless beekeeping.
The one-day workshop will present what it takes to rear high-quality queens. Basic biology and various methods of queen rearing will be presented. The workshop emphasizes hands-on instruction in queen rearing methods, with lecture and demonstrations.