The mysterious disappearance of bees, called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), is a growing threat to Honey Bees, the mainstay of pollination services in agriculture. The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), a tri-national coalition dedicated to promoting the health of all pollinators, partners with different organizations to perform research for improving the health of honey bees and reversing the threats they face. The Honey Bee Health Improvement Project focuses on ways to help Honey Bees and beekeepers. In the absence of Colony Collapse Disorder, this task force will seek out and secure funding for innovative and important work to understand and promote genetic stock improvements, understand and promote best management practices for commercial beekeeping, and promote forage opportunities for colonies on public and private land.
THE 2021 GRANT CYCLE IS NOW OPEN.
Email your proposal packets as a single PDF file to Savannah Autran ([email protected]) by 3PM PST on Friday, February 12, 2021.
The Honey Bee Health Task Force has identified seven priority areas for funding, though other areas will be considered as well.
- Effects of pathogens and pests on honey bee behavior, physiology and/or colony health; including the development of novel methods to mitigate these effects.
- Effects of nutrition on pest, pathogen, and disease incidence.
- Effects of pesticides on pest, pathogen, and disease incidence.
- Effects of parasite and pathogen shared between bee species.
- Development of approaches for genetic stock improvement of honey bee populations to enhance resistance to pathogens and parasites.
- Effects of climate or environmental variables on honey bee pests, pathogens, and disease incidence.
- The development of diagnostics or indicators for the presence of pests, pathogens and diseases that affect honey bee health.
DONATE TO HONEY BEE HEALTH:
Even if you aren’t a scientist able to do research, you can play an important role in increasing research related to the health of honey bees. Give now and your money will go directly to the Honey Bee Health Improvement Project.