Bee Informed Partnership

Using beekeepers' real world experience to solve beekeepers' real world problems
  1. Varroa Mite Field Sample Processing Video
    In our lab, we benefit from a diverse repertoire of individuals coming from varied backgrounds.  Working at a university includes the benefit of having motivated students with unique skills ready to use their talents.  Byron Mariani, a Sophomore Kinesiology Major, is one of these students who began working at the Bee Informed Partnership Lab at...
  2. November Bee Lab Varroa and Nosema Results
    Although the official start of winter does not begin for a few weeks, bitter cold air has spread across much of the northern region. The Minnesota and Oregon Tech Teams finished up their sampling at the end of October, so the honey bee samples received this month were all from the California team (where they...
  3. BIP HiveCheck Results for Nov 11th – Nov 24th
    Another week of wild weather! From 12″+ snowfall to balmy 50 degree days its been a interesting November to say the least. We’re seeing similar activity across the country both North and South, feeding 2:1 sugar syrup, buttoning up the hive entrances and taking care of the final preparations for winter. We got great suggestions...
  4. Real Time Disease Load Monitoring Pollen Diversity
    It’s the end of another honey bee season – and as the little gals are hunkering down, bracing for the cold winds of winter, our lab technicians are getting to work compiling data and publishing reports. Also coming with the end of the season is the close of our second official year of a project...
  5. Top Bar Hives
    It’s hard to beat a Langstroth hive for its modularity, productivity, and convenience but it can also be interesting to play with bees in a different configuration. I was introduced to bees and learned beekeeping in New Zealand and I’m always looking for opportunities to see bees in new locations and contexts. In reading about...