Selecting better honeybees for the Northeast

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2007: $7,965.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:
Craig Cella
Craig A. Cella


  • Agronomic: canola, corn, rapeseed, sunflower, hay
  • Fruits: apples, berries (brambles), cherries, peaches, pears, berries (strawberries)
  • Additional Plants: herbs, ornamentals, trees
  • Animals: bees, poultry, fish


  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Education and Training: technical assistance, demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, value added
  • Pest Management: disease vectors, field monitoring/scouting, genetic resistance, integrated pest management
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    The strength, quality, and temperament of a honeybee hive is directly related to the queen, yet no system exists in the U.S. to determine the quality of the queen bees that breeders produce. This project will be a feasibility study to determine if a program that inspects hives for quality brood and tests queens for defensive behavior can identify higher quality queens that can then be used in a queen breeding program. Outreach will be through presentations and articles.

    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.