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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 to 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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Bee Informed


Meet the WSU honey bee program’s diverse and passionate team of researchers.

Breeding Program

The WSU Breeding program provides selected honey bee stocks to beekeepers and works with collaborating bee breeders to provide NWC stock to the honey bee industry. Available stock includes WSU Program queens, Caucasian stock and New World Carniolan breeders.


List of publications by members of the WSU Bee Program.


Honey bee workshops and conferences, for beginner and advanced beekeepers.

Research Lab

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


Factsheets, videos and links to useful resources that beekeepers and the public at large should find helpful and interesting.

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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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