Date Funded: 2008
Amount: $4 million
Duration: 4 years
Objective: Restore large and diverse populations of managed bee pollinators across the United States to sustain natural and agricultural plant communities.
Why? Bee pollination is responsible for $15 billion in added crop value each year. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) became an issue in the winter of 2006-2007 when an estimated 25 percent of the beekeepers in the United States reported substantial losses of adult bees from their hives.
Impact: By looking into the causes of CCD and other diseases affecting bee populations, researchers will be able to improve the overall health of this agriculturally important insect. The team plans to develop best management practice guides that provide practical answers for beekeepers and growers of crops that rely on bees for pollination.
Participants: University of Georgia, lead institution
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Kentucky State University
Michigan State University
North Carolina State University
Pennsylvania State University
University of California-Riverside
University of Maine
University of Massachusetts
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska
University of Tennessee
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Washington State University