Research

The Bee Informed Partnership research website is the repository for all our management reports, dynamic colony loss maps by state,  and annual surveys, hive scale and sentinel apiary projects as well as our fascinating blogs and information about our highly trained technical transfer teams. This agricultural and epidemiological research focuses on improving honey bee health and reporting on the sample collection and resulting analysis to quickly relay important trends.

We offer several ways for beekeepers to participate and gain value from our research, from being a part of our survey pool to actually having one of our teams visit your operation and collect samples for lab processing. All this comes back to our core mission to work with beekeepers to understand what’s working best to lower colony losses.

Any level of beekeeper may be interested in learning more about our National Management Survey and how you can help find the best practices to raise healthier honey bees.

Our Emergency Response Kits diagnose widespread diseases in your apiary, and our Diagnostic Test Kits provide honey bee health status if you are trying out new treatments or feed supplements.

Sentinel Apiaries monitor honey bee health in real-time using hive scales to track colony weight gain or loss, and monthly disease assessments of Varroa and Nosema loads.

And for our Commercial Beekeepers, swing on by our Tech Teams and Remote Teams pages to learn more about our on-site diagnostic and sampling services to monitor the health of your hives all year.

The BIP database houses the APHIS National Honey Bee pest and disease survey data and provides dynamic reporting of the diagnostic results. This survey has a monitoring attribute that tests for the presence or absence of invasive threats to honey bee colony health.  These possible threats would be Tropilaelaps clareae, Apis cerana, and Slow Bee Paralysis Virus.

 

Grant Request:

Proposals are accepted to meet very defined needs articulated by the board. Generally, groups or institutions are invited to submit a proposal to meet a particular need of the Bee Informed Partnership Technical Transfer teams.  Interested parties who want to apply for a grant should talk to a board member before generating a proposal.

The Bee Informed Partnership will pay up to 10% indirect costs (IDCs) and no indirect costs on equipment purchases over $5,000.  BIP pays no overhead on awarded grants.