Blueberries are native across North America and it seems like in as many regions as they grown, there are at least as many questions about what happens to honey bees when they pollinate this major cash crop.
Beekeepers weigh concerns about European foulbrood and fungicides and consider if the pollination fees are worth the potential for damage to their colonies. In some growing regions in Canada the government is helping boost rental fees because there aren’t enough colonies to meet demand.(1)
To provide answers for beekeepers over the years, Project Apis m. has funded several research projects with scientists studying the subject-beginning as long ago as 2008!(2)
Welcome, Sara and Stetcyn!
The PAmily is growing with the addition of two new team members to the ‘field force’: Sara Brown and Stetcyn Maldonado.
If you couldn't be there, or missed a talk at the recent American Beekeeping Federation conference in Jacksonville, FL, we got you!
PAm was proud to sponsor the first ever virtual option for ABF, and the recorded general session talks are now available on our YouTube channel, and listed below.
Livestreaming the ABF Conference!
We hope to see you soon at bee meetings, but if you can't travel don't miss out! PAm is excited to sponsor the first ever virtual option to attend the American Beekeeping Federation Conference in January. Register to watch a live stream of the Keynotes and General Session stage January 3-7. There will also be access to recordings afterward.
Healthy Hives, an initiative dedicated to identifying tangible solutions to improve honey bee colony health in the U.S. Launched in 2015 with an initial $1 million grant from Bayer, and an additional $500,000 provided in 2020, Healthy Hives has funded beekeeper-driven projects and research at a wide range of academic institutions around the world. Projects are aimed at finding ways commercial beekeeping operations can improve production and efficiency while reducing costs.
From Graduate Student to Research Scientist: My Scientific Journey Working Alongside PAm.
My academic path to graduate school was not as straight forward as most of my peers. In fact, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for some key people that believed in my potential and invested in my career. I was born in Northeast Brazil and lived in my hometown until I graduated from college. During my final year of undergrad, I applied for an agriculture internship in Minnesota, U.S.A, where I met my PhD advisor. Dr. Marla Spivak was the first person to believe in me as a honey bee scientist.
Live Event on Inside The Hive TV!
Don't miss our live event this week!
Project Apis m. has partnered with Inside the Hive TV to bring live interviews and videos featuring PAm-funded researchers to you!
Join us at 7:00PM (EST) on December 8th for a discussion with Dr. Steve Pernal (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), and Dr. Erika Plettner (Simon Frasier University) who will be talking about a new varraocidal compound they have been working on.
Register for the event here:
2022 Indoor Storage Conference
You're invited! Join us for a virtual conference all about the indoor storage of bees on December 14th and 15th.
You will hear about new research on industry trends from WSU researchers: Dr. Brandon Hopkins and Dr. Kirti Rajagopalan, USDA researcher Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman, and UC Davis researcher, Dr. Brittney Goodrich.
There will also be a virtual tour of the Ashurst Bee Company indoor storage facility, and a live panel session each day with beekeepers and researchers.
The conference schedule and registration information can be found here:
This event is free to attend and will be recorded and shared at a later date. Share this event with friends!
“Anyone who thinks their work is too small to make a difference, has never met the honey bee.” I love that quote, adapted from the Dalai Lama (1). Determined and durable like our namesake, Project Apis m. is celebrating a milestone so impressive that our founders would have never dreamed: PAm celebrates funding $10M in honey bee research!
$10M is impressive, and those dollars started with beekeepers and grower’s own donations- which were- and still are- a critical vote of confidence. When PAm approaches sponsors, our support from commercial beekeepers and beekeeping clubs shows our connection to the industry. Focus and solution-oriented work continues to attract funds from partners and corporations who want sustainable supply chains and resource management, and brands who know consumers care about giving back to bees. It’s you, our supporters, who made such successful fundraising possible.
By: National Honey Board
The National Honey Board is excited to celebrate Project Apis m. surpassing its milestone goal of raising $10 million to fund research to improve honey bee health. As an organization that is focused on providing resources to those whose lives directly depend on the bees, Project Apis m. has spent the last 16 years bringing together farmers, researchers, and government agencies to achieve their mission of sustainability within the beekeeping and agricultural industry.
Each year, National Honey Board designates 5 percent of its annual revenue to production research, and that money is managed by Project Apis m. To date, NHB has funded more than $3 million in research studies.
“Project Apis m. has been a great partner to the National Honey Board. Their expert advice and deep understanding of the science behind bee health has been invaluable in advising our board on how to best utilize our funds for research that is practical and applicable immediately for beekeepers.” -Margaret Lombard, CEO, National Honey Board
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PO Box 26793
Salt Lake City, UT 84126