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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Russian Honey Bee Project Cooperators
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The scope of the Russian honey bee trials is large, involving several cooperators. There are two reasons for needing these cooperators. First, the trials require more honey bee colonies than the laboratory can possibly maintain on its own. Each year the tests require more than 500 colonies of honey bees. Second, in order to produce a stock of commercially valuable honey bees, tests need to be conducted in several different beekeeping environments so that lines selected for inclusion in the program are known to have value in more than one location.


Manley Bigalk
Golden Ridge Honey Farm
Cresco, Iowa

Manley has participated as a cooperator in ARS Bee Lab projects since 1991, when he donated colonies, yards and time to tests involving different stocks of bees and their tracheal mite resistance.  Manley has been part of the Russian bee evaluation and field tests from their start in April 1999 through the latest group in 2006.  The northern location of his operation has afforded us the opportunity to also do full tracheal mite and winter tests on the Russian bees.  

Photo of Manley Bigalk and Gary Delatte

Gary Delatte (l) and Manley Bigalk (r) 



Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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