Selection Methods for Honey Bee Breeding

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2019: $71,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2022
Host Institution Award ID: G236-20-W7504
Grant Recipient: Department of Entomology, Washington State University
Region: Western
State: Washington
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Walter Sheppard
Department of Entomology, Washington State University
Susan Cobey
Washington State University
Dr. Brandon Hopkins
Washington State University
Dr. Timothy Lawrence
Washington State University
Honey bees are the most important pollinator of agricultural food crops, and the world’s food supply depends upon a healthy honey bee industry. Programs to select and breed honey bee stocks that are productive and less susceptible to diseases and pests are needed. Honey bees mate in flight with multiple drones. Controlling mating is essential for a breeding program, and II of queens provides this capability. This first of three videos details a highly effective and practical method of selecting and breeding honey bees using the Page/Laidlaw Closed Population Breeding program, by three beekeepers/researchers who have used this method for nearly forty years.
Timothy Lawrence, Washington State University
Susan Cobey, Washington State University
Walter Sheppard, Washington State University
Ordering info:
Dr. Timothy Lawrence
[email protected]
Washington State University
406 N. Main St.
Coupeville, WA 98239
Cost: $10,000.00
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.