University of Minnesota opens new Bee and Pollinator Research Lab

October 27, 2016

From: University of Minnesota

The 10,000-square foot laboratory consolidates lab space, honey extraction, observation hive space, offices and equipment space. 

Bee and pollinator researchers at the University of Minnesota are ready to take their research to the next level in a new, state-of-the-art Bee and Pollinator Research Lab. After a multi-year fundraising campaign and building construction, the University takes another step toward discovering solutions every day to protect bees, which in turn will help to protect our food supply and human health.


The Bee Lab research team is driven by the research of Dr. Marla Spivak, MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology, who conducts research on honey bees with support from Gary Reuter and graduate students; and Dr. Dan Cariveau who conducts research on the ecology and habitat needs of native bees.

Solving colony collapse while ensuring the world’s food supply from plants that rely on bees for pollination—from soy beans and almonds—requires a wide range of experts working together and from diverse perspectives and subject matter expertise. CFANS is leading the interdisciplinary effort to address these grand challenges—from pollinator research to plant genetics, and innovative ways to maintain and grow crop yields while protecting bees— to help solve hunger in the world.

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