We are fortunate that the University of Minnesota has a honeybee research and outreach program, which has been operating since 1918. It is the only one of its kind in the Upper Midwest, the top honey-producing region in the United States. The department and innovative “Bee Lab”, which provides research and crucial assistance to professional and amateur beekeepers, is led by Marla Spivak. Doctor Spivak and her associate, Gary Reuter, also provide training each year to hundreds of newbie beekeepers, and we were happy to bee in their classes.
What’s the (short)story on Colony Collapse? Here’s an article that includes a good “Q&A” about honey bees.
And here’s a YouTube link.
Dr. Marla Spivak just received a fellowship grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for $500,000.