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.
How to protect Pollinators & other Beneficial Insects
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 and vegetables - and some even kill the "bad" (or, destructive) bugs.
Please don't run to the big box store for a can of pesticide promising the most devastating results... first, read our information on Beneficial Insects.
Community and School Gardening in Georgia
Helping community and school gardeners succeed
Interested in Honey Bee Health?
Read more about Bee Health on eXtension.org
Africanized Bees In Georgia
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In the News...
Young Harris Beekeeping Institute May 9-11th
Online Registration for the 2018 Beekeeping Institute has closed. However, walkins are welcome and you can register at the institute. Questions or comments: Please contact Bear and Marybeth Kelley, the Bee Institute Registrars, at email@example.com or (229) 322-5025.
This year's 2018 Beekeeping Institute program can be viewed here
- UGA Bee Lab Brings Master Beekeeper Program to Georgia Inmates
- Getting started in Beekeeping
- 2016 YHC/UGA Beekeeping Institute Group Photo
Our Latest Research
Honeybee declines are a serious threat to global agricultural security and productivity. Although multiple factors contribute to these declines, parasites are a key driver. Disease problems in honeybees have intensified in recent years, despite increasing attention to addressing them. Here we argue that we must focus on the principles of disease ecology and evolution to understand disease dynamics, assess the severity of disease threats, and control these threats via honeybee management.
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.
Support the Bee Lab: Eat More Honey
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
- Southern Hardware 650 GA-72, Comer, GA 30629
- 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