The Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota has maintained an internationally recognized research, teaching, and outreach program on honey bees since 1918. (Photo: University of Minnesota Beekeeping Course, 1922.) We are the only bee research facility in a four state area (MN, WI, ND and SD), the top honey-producing region in the US.
Dr. Marla Spivak, MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology, currently runs the Bee Lab, with excellent technical support of Mr. Gary Reuter and graduate students.
Our primary goal is to promote the health and diversity of bee pollinators. We bred the MN Hygienic line of honey bees, which demonstrates resistance to diseases and Varroa mites. Current federally funded research projects include:
"Honey bees represent the goodness of the earth and all that grows on it. If we take care of bees in ways that allow them to survive on their own, we are taking care not to contaminate our planet. What we learn from bees is how to be better stewards of the earth." - Marla Spivak