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Maintaining Honey Bee Colony Health in Challenging Times – Overview of Research Program at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center

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Honey bees and the pollination services they provide are essential for the production of many fruits, vegetable, and seed crops that comprise a major portion of the American diet. The Carl Hayden Bee Research Center (CHBRC) is one of four USDA-ARS Laboratories specializing in research on honey bees. The ARS also has a Laboratory located in Logan, Utah that specializes in non-Apis bee species. The mission of the CHBRC is to ‘conduct research to optimize the health of honey bee colonies, develop methods to maximize their pollinating potential, and transfer research results to all those who will benefit from them’. Most recently, we formulated a protein supplement diet for beekeepers to feed colonies when flowering plants are not available. The diet also can relieve nutritional stress that might be contributing to colony collapse disorder (CCD). Our Laboratory also is developing new methods to control an external parasite of honey bees called Varroa mites. The mites weaken colonies by shortening the lifespan of adult bees and transmitting virus. Varroa might be a major component of CCD. Large numbers of commercial colonies have been lost to CCD. Preliminary work has identified several likely factors that could be causing or contributing to CCD in addition to Varroa mites and associated pathogens (e.g., Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus). Other causes might be unknown pathogenic diseases and pesticide contamination or poisoning. An update on CCD will be provided during the presentation.
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DeGrandi-Hoffman, Gloria. "Maintaining Honey Bee Colony Health in Challenging Times – Overview of Research Program at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona, <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p261887_index.html>

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DeGrandi-Hoffman, G. "Maintaining Honey Bee Colony Health in Challenging Times – Overview of Research Program at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p261887_index.html

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Abstract: Honey bees and the pollination services they provide are essential for the production of many fruits, vegetable, and seed crops that comprise a major portion of the American diet. The Carl Hayden Bee Research Center (CHBRC) is one of four USDA-ARS Laboratories specializing in research on honey bees. The ARS also has a Laboratory located in Logan, Utah that specializes in non-Apis bee species. The mission of the CHBRC is to ‘conduct research to optimize the health of honey bee colonies, develop methods to maximize their pollinating potential, and transfer research results to all those who will benefit from them’. Most recently, we formulated a protein supplement diet for beekeepers to feed colonies when flowering plants are not available. The diet also can relieve nutritional stress that might be contributing to colony collapse disorder (CCD). Our Laboratory also is developing new methods to control an external parasite of honey bees called Varroa mites. The mites weaken colonies by shortening the lifespan of adult bees and transmitting virus. Varroa might be a major component of CCD. Large numbers of commercial colonies have been lost to CCD. Preliminary work has identified several likely factors that could be causing or contributing to CCD in addition to Varroa mites and associated pathogens (e.g., Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus). Other causes might be unknown pathogenic diseases and pesticide contamination or poisoning. An update on CCD will be provided during the presentation.

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