Rearing Free Mated Mite-Tolerant Queens Without Chemotherapies

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $5,081.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
Project Leader:
Jeffrey T. Cunningham
Honeyhunter Apiaries and Farm


  • Animals: bees


  • Animal Production: parasite control
  • Education and Training: on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: community-supported agriculture
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, indicators
  • Pest Management: cultural control, disease vectors, field monitoring/scouting, genetic resistance, integrated pest management, mating disruption, physical control

    Proposal summary:

    This project will integrate the recent development of Varroa-mite-tolerant honey bees with advances in sustainable methods of managing mites and disease, with a particular focus on rearing healthy, locally-adapted, mite-tolerant queens. The farmer will breed queens for resistance, hygienic behavior, high brood viability, good temperament, honey production, and winter hardiness. Outreach will be through beekeepers’ associations and workshops.

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