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The Center For Honey Bee Research is dedicated to

  • Unbiased research not influenced by politics or funding sources.
  • Complete transparency that eliminates insider information and dark data by making the entire record of a research project publicly available as it is recorded.



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Genesis, a longitudinal study to establish colony “norms” in the Western North Carolina region was started April 2012. There is no objective information on the size, production, or longevity honey bee colonies can achieve on their own. This study also compares the survival of colonies treated for mites with those which were not. Read more ...



HiveTool is a real-time open source hive monitoring system. HiveTool™ is a collection of readily available, off-the-shelf hardware and free, open source software that continuously monitors a beehive. Computerized hive monitors provide real time and historic data and graphs of weight, internal and ambient temperature, humidity and light levels which give the beekeeper a noninvasive view into the hive. HiveTool won the 2015 Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award.

Knowing what is happening in the hive is crucial to proper hive management. By knowing the beginning, end, and quantity of nectar flows, bee keepers can determine when to add and remove supers, when to move hives and where to locate hives to maximize honey production. By knowing the amount of young bees engaged in playflight, it is possible to calculate the strength of the hive and egg laying ability of the queen. Read more ...



Polystyrene Hive Temperature and Humidity

What can I plant to help the honey bees?

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What do honey bees like to eat? First, a little background. When a plant is introduced into an area outside of it's native habitat, it often becomes an invasive species due to a lack of predators, competitors, or other limits to growth that existed in it's native environment. Read more...


Experiments introduce students to a number of STEM projects and allow hands on experiences in design, research, data gathering and analysis. This project based approach allows for multiple learning styles and reinforces the theory that the students are taught in class. Real world projects are designed to foster an appreciation for and an understanding of how science is conducted in the real world. Pedagogically it also presents a way to have students do significant scientific hands on research instead of just learning about science from a text or lecture. Labor intensive studies that are suited for a student workforce. Data interpretation and analysis will be overseen by the principle investigator.

Effect of local farming practices on honey bee health

The effect of field realistic dosages of a common agricultural herbicide on honey bee gut bacteria was measured.

Lab Experiment I. Effect of a common agricultural herbicide on honey bee gut bacteria (Small Replicates)

Lab Experiment II. Effect of a common agricultural herbicide on honey bee gut bacteria (Medium Replicates)

Lab Experiment III. Antibiotic Properties of Bee Venom

The antibacterial properties of bee venom was tested against gram negative and positive bacteria in four different concentrations (45 μg/mL; 35 μg/mL; 25 μg/mL;

Lab Experiment IV. Antibiotic Properties of Propolis

Proposed Lab Experiment V. Effect of different compounds on bee mortality and Nosema levels

Field Experiment I. Environmental Pesticide Concentrations

Insecticide, fungicide and herbicide levels in honey bees (Apis mellifera), wax and bee bread (pollen) were measured in three different environments: agriculture (rural farmlands), urban (suburb in small city), pristine (national forest). Read More

Field Experiment II. Alternative Forage Pesticide Mitigation

Will controlled plantings of alternative forage, timed to bloom when the corn tassels, reduce the insecticide levels in the hive? Will providing a pollen source with higher protein content attract bees and keep them off corn treated with cyhalothin? This is similar to a trap crop, but instead of attracting agricultural pests away from nearby crops, we would be attracting bees away from the crops. Read More

High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Analysis of floral sources of honey

Analysis of Bee Venom

Lab Experiment III. Effect of Bee Venom on Microorganisms

Lab Procedures

Small Replicates

1000 to 2000 bees per treatment group

Propolis Extraction

Research Proposals

SARE Grant Proposal: Test and Evaluation of the Coweta Sustainable Beekeeping Method

The Coweta Sustainable Beekeeping Method will be tested to see if it increases honey production, produce excess replacement colonies, reduce swarming and lower the mite population without insecticides:

Grant Preproposal

Grant Proposal