Raising Queens

Spring 2012 by Hannelore Sudermann | Washington State Magazine Few things are as mysterious and amazing as the life of the queen bee, says bee breeder Sue Cobey. Just a few days after she hatches from her cell, the queen’s fertility is optimal and she has just a brief time to mate for the rest… » More ...

Addressing Honey Bee Demise

Feb. 8, 2012, WSU News Advisor Helps Alternative Bee Business Take Flight EVERETT, Wash. - Anyone who has been paying attention knows the honey bee population is in decline, and the loss of the bees’ pollination role could spell disaster for the food supply. While scientists search for the cause of the colony collapse disorder… » More ...

New Buzz on Colony Collapse

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, by Linda Weiford, WSU News Scientists investigate beekeeper's discovery PULLMAN, Wash. - For longtime commercial beekeeper Eric Olson of Yakima, no sting is as painful as the one he felt last winter when he discovered his hives had gone silent. Peering into each box, he saw the queen and a mere… » More ...

Research Sheds New Light on Bee Health

CAHNRS Connections Magazine 2011, by Kacie McPartland, MNEC intern New research conducted at WSU is the first to demonstrate the sub-lethal effects of pesticide residue exposure on an insect largely responsible for a third of the human diet. Judy Wu, a former entomology graduate student at WSU and current Ph.D. student at the University of… » More ...

Exploring Impact of Pesticides on Bee Colonies

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The sudden disappearance of honey bees in many parts of the country might be related to pesticide exposure, according to Washington State University entomologist Walter S. Sheppard. Read article, The Secret Death of Bees, from Spring 2010 in the Washington State Magazine Beekeepers have struggled as hives have failed soon after the bees embark on their… » More ...