We offer several ways for beekeepers to participate and gain value from our research, from being a part of our survey pool to actually having one of our teams visit your operation and collect samples for lab processing. All this comes back to our core mission to work with beekeepers to understand what’s working best to lower colony losses.
If you’re a Backyard Beekeeper, you’ll be most interested in learning more about our National Management Survey and how you can help find the best practices to raise healthier honey bees.
For Side Liners, you may be interested in our Emergency Response Kits to diagnose widespread diseases in your apiary as well as our Disease Load Monitoring Service, where we can help you track disease levels in your yard throughout the season.
For all of our programs, our high throughput diagnostic lab performs analysis on over 10,000 samples a year. Quick turn around enables beekeepers to make near real time management decisions on their colonies and operations. We have spent years in refining our protocols to make them as standardized and efficient as possible. This reduces cost and time and improves the product to our customer. We also look to avoid unnecessary waste.
Below is a lighthearted, but informative, video of how our sample bottles get re-used from lab to field and back to the lab again. Because we only use saltwater (and a small drop of dishwashing detergent) as the sampling solution, we are able to recycle these sample bottles over and over again.