APIS Molecular Systematics Lab


Our 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
  • examining sub-lethal effects of chemical residues in the hive and the environment

The Department of Entomology currently maintains and operates over 250 colonies distributed in 10 research and teaching apiaries.

Contact: shepp@wsu.edu