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ARRA - Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, Tucson, Arizona

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Photo: Honey bees.
Honey bees devour a new, nutrient-rich artificial diet, the result of 5 years of research.

Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, Tucson, Arizona

  • Scope of work under Recovery Act

Amount: $455,000

Repair of critical deferred maintenance including replacing system components on HVAC for hazardous Materials Storage Bldg. Replacement of air handling units, controls, and compressor and replacement of electrical components for Building 107.

Milestones - To be updated as milestones are completed.

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Research at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center

Scientists at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center work to ensure the health of honey bee colonies, especially those used for commercial pollination. Honey bees are essential to the production of more than 130 crops in the U.S., adding more than $15 billion in value each year.

Two of the center's main focuses are improving nutrition management and developing better control of Varroa mites and other diseases and pest of honey bees. The Center has helped develop a new commercial diet to nourish honey bees when there is no pollen and nectar naturally available. Better nutrition may be a key to reversing the decline of honey bees in the United States.

In addition, scientists at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center track the spread of the Africanized honey bee in the United States and are working on ways for beekeepers to maintain manageable colonies in areas to which Africanized honey bees have spread. These aggressive bees are a concern to beekeepers and to the public because they are more defensive and sting more than European honey bees.

The center also trains inspectors from states expecting the Africanized bees.

Objectives:

Improve bee nutrition for healthier colonies, especially those used for commercial pollination.

  • Develop a liquid protein diet to promote stronger and healthier colonies for commercial pollination, queen rearing, and overwintering.
  • Develop a dry and semi solid diet formulation to provide beekeepers with alternative feeding methods.
  • Identify honey bee feeding stimulants from pollen.
  • Develop novel control strategies for Varroa using essential oils, pheromones and nutrition.
  • Develop tools to better manage European Honey Bees in Africanized habitats.
  • Evaluate problems in the pollination of agricultural crops.

Develop novel control strategies for Varroa using essential oils, pheromones and nutrition.

  • Study the effect of humidity on mite development.
  • Identify Varroa mite volatiles.
  • Rear Varroa in Laboratory.
  • Explore natural and alternative controls for Varroa.
  • Control Varroa through essential oil enriched honey bee diets.

Africanized Honey Bees

  • Improve acceptance and maintenance of European honey bee queens in areas with Africanized honey bees.
  • Prevent the usurpation of European colonies by African swarms.
  • Identify Africanized honey bees samples through morphometrics.

Pollination

  • Evaluate pollen transfer mechanisms of genetically modified plants and hybrid crops.



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Last Modified: 7/25/2014
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