Honey Bee Program
Honey bees have been the Official State Insect of Georgia since 1975, and a subject of teaching and inquiry at the University of Georgia for decades. These marvelous insects are manageable and are used to produce honey and pollinate crops. They are practical models of biological organization and social behavior.
Honey bee research at the University of Georgia addresses sustainable bee health management issues as well as more basic questions on bee pollination and foraging ecology. In all its endeavors, the UGA Honey Bee Program aims to develop research, teaching and extension initiatives that are locally responsive while globally relevant.
May 10th - 13th, 2017
In this paper we collaborate with Emory colleagues to show that detectable genetic variation in Varroa populations occurs between apiaries, between colonies within an apiary, and even within colonies. This is evidence that a significant part of Varroa spread is horizontal via human-assiseted movement. Horizontal transmission, as opposed to vertical transmission when a colony swarms, is thought to promote higher virulence in mites.
Some of the six- and eight-legged creatures you come across outside may seem scary, but they are actually helpful. These beneficial insects pollinate our flowers, fruits & vegetables - and some even kill the "bad" (or, destructive) bugs.
Support the Bee Lab
Please support our UGA Bee Lab research efforts by purchasing some of our private-label, pure, raw honey. It is available from three convenient locations:
Athens Seed, Lawn and Garden
54 Greensboro Highway
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Cofer's Home and Garden
1145 Mitchell Bridge Road
Athens, GA 30606
UGA Entomology Department
413 Biological Sciences Building
120 Cedar Street
Athens, GA 30602
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