Navigation Links
Penn State leads in honey bee health initiative
Date:5/17/2011

A nationwide network to monitor and maintain honeybee health is the aim of the Bee Informed Partnership, a five-year, $5 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and led by Penn State.

The Bee Informed Partnership will use an epidemiological approach to identify bee common management practices and use them to develop best practices on a regional and operationally appropriate level. The Partnership will include many institutions already involved in pollinator work, but will also strive to include citizens involved in bee keeping or other aspects of the problem for data collection and integration.

"We would like to reduce honey bee mortality, increase beekeeper profitability and enhance adoption of sustainable management systems in beekeeping," said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, senior extension associate, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, who will lead the project. "At the same time we want to increase the reliability of production in pollinator dependent crops and increase the profitability of pollinator-dependent producers."

Project partners will create and maintain a dynamic Honey Bee Health database with an interactive web-based interface. Penn State and partners will also survey colony mortality, pathogens and parasites, as well as beekeeping management strategies, costs and outputs. They will create a pollinator quality and availability reporting system and an emerging-issues alert system.

Some of the surveys planned by the Partnership include the continuation of the colony winter loss survey, an annual survey of management practices and a survey of pollinator availability. Other surveys will focus on determining colony mortality, parasite loads and socioeconomic factors.

"By surveying beekeepers about their management practices as well as their colonies' overwintering success, we can use epidemiological methods to tell beekeepers which practices work and which do not."

The multistate team hopes that their work and especially their educational efforts to introduce the best management practices will reduce national losses in honeybee populations by 50 percent in the next five years, according to vanEngelsdorp.


'/>"/>

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Microbubble-delivered combination therapy eradicates prostate cancer in vivo
2. Statement: The New York Stem Cell Foundation on lifting ban of federal funds for stem cell research
3. Missouri elk are being reintroduced in the wrong part of the state, MU anthropologist says
4. High percentage of omega-3s in the blood may boost risk of aggressive prostate cancer
5. Wayne State University chosen as Michigans sole participant in EcoCAR 2
6. NC State develops material to remove radioactive contaminants from drinking water
7. Soy increases effectiveness of radiation at killing lung cancer, Wayne State study shows
8. Fewer multiple births in states with insurance coverage for infertility
9. Jan-Åke Gustafsson leads team with $5.2M for prostate cancer research
10. K-State chemists biosensor may improve food, water safety and cancer detection
11. No scalpel: Minimally invasive breakthrough for men’s enlarged prostates improves symptoms
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/11/2017)... 2017 Research and Markets has announced the ... to their offering. ... eye tracking market to grow at a CAGR of 30.37% during ... Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis ... and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... YORK , April 5, 2017 Today ... is announcing that the server component of the HYPR ... known for providing the end-to-end security architecture that empowers ... HYPR has already secured over 15 million ... makers including manufacturers of connected home product suites and ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... , March 30, 2017 The research ... system for three-dimensional (3D) fingerprint identification by adopting ground breaking 3D ... a new realm of speed and accuracy for use in identification, ... an affordable cost. ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2017)... ... , ... The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) , the nation’s ... information exchange and a statutory advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ... the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, will deliver the keynote at its 2017 ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... RURO, Inc., a leading LIMS, ... its rapidly growing Laboratory Information System. , LimitLIS® version 3 is includes new ... provide more customization options. Each of these has been “under the microscope” in ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... for model aircraft flying hobbyists, and the University Aviation Association (UAA), the unifying ... students. The UAS4STEM Collegiate Challenge will encourage teamwork, competition, and success through a ...
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... ... Building on the success of the inaugural RAADfest last year, RAADfest 2017 ... in radical life extension. RAADfest combines cutting edge science presented for a lay audience, ... making it the largest most comprehensive and inclusive super longevity event in the world. ...
Breaking Biology Technology: