Danka, Robert (Bob)
HONEY BEE BREEDING RESEARCH
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The Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory is part of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The mission of USDA-ARS is to develop means to solve agricultural problems of broad scope and of high national priority. Through fundamental and applied research, ARS tries to ensure continuity of an adequate supply of high quality food and fiber products to meet the needs of the American people and to provide products for worldwide export.
Honey bees fill a unique position in contemporary U.S. agriculture. They pollinate more than 90 food, fiber and seed crops valued at $15 billion annually. They also yield honey, beeswax and other products for direct consumer use.
Research at the Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit seeks to minimize problems that threaten honey bee productivity, and to generally improve honey bee stocks for beekeeping. Breeding and genetic studies focus on long-term solutions fro problems caused by Varroa destructor (Varroa mites), Deformed Wing Virus and nosemosis, caused by Nosema ceranae.