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.
Any level of beekeeper may be interested in learning more about our National Management Survey and how you can help find the best practices to raise healthier honey bees.
Sentinel Apiaries monitor honey bee health in real-time using hive scales to track colony weight gain or loss, and monthly disease assessments of Varroa and Nosema loads.
Our lab supports and manages the APHIS National Honey Bee pest and disease survey. This survey has a monitoring attribute that tests for the presence or absence of invasive threats to honey bee colony health. These possible threats would be Tropilaelaps clareae, Apis cerana, and Slow Bee Paralysis Virus.
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.