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Beekeeper holds up boards covered with bees

Jan 13, 2021

Shedding Light on the Secret Reproductive Lives of Honey Bees

Research at NC State and the University of British Columbia shows that there are trade-offs between sperm viability and the expression of a protein involved in the insect’s immune response. 

David Tarpy with honey bees

Mar 14, 2018

NC State Researcher Awarded Grant to Improve Honeybee Health

CALS' David Tarpy won a grant to research the impact of pesticide exposure on honeybee colony disease prevalence and reproductive potential. 

Queen bee surrounded by her other bees in her colony.

Apr 26, 2017

Extension Clinic Helps Beekeepers Protect Their Colonies

As news continues to grow about problems faced by honey bees, NC State Extension is using the latest science to help beekeepers assess one of the most important factors in their colonies’ success -- the health of their queens. 

Honey bees working on a backlit honeycomb.

Aug 24, 2016

Nutrition Matters: Stress from Migratory Beekeeping May Be Eased by Access to Food

Traveling presents challenges for honey bees used to pollinate crops, but research shows that some of these challenges can be mitigated by providing other food sources while bees are on the road. 

Nov 4, 2015

Urban environments boost pathogen pressure on honey bees

Urban environments increase pathogen abundance in honey bees and reduce honey bee survival, according to a recently published report on NC State University research. The finding raises significant questions as urban areas continue to grow at the expense of rural environments and as urban beekeeping becomes more popular. 

Dec 10, 2014

Steward of the Future: David Tarpy

“If it weren’t for honeybees and other pollinators, we wouldn’t have about a third of everything that we eat,” explains Dr. David Tarpy, a North Carolina State University entomologist. In this video, he explains his research on the genomics of honeybee queen development and their reproductive potential. It’s research with important implications for the future of food production. 

Jun 25, 2013

CALS Sustainability Office kicks off Pollinator Health Initiative with meet-and-greet event

As part of National Pollinator Week, the CALS Office of Sustainability Programs hosted a meet-and-greet event for its new Pollinator Health Initiative on June 21 at E.S. King Village in Raleigh. The event – which was attended by residents of E.S. King Village, CALS faculty and staff, and industry partners – was designed to help raise awareness about pollinator health issues. 

May 17, 2011

'Bee Informed' to inform beekeepers

North Carolina State University will play a central role in a 5-year, $5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture effort to compile a nationwide honey bee database designed to make beekeepers more productive.