Event Title

Effects of Cell Size on Honeybee Health

Date

1-4-2017 12:00 AM

Major

Biophysics

Department

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Project Advisor

Amy Toth

Project Advisor's Department

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

Description

Most beekeepers give their honeybees foundation - a template to build comb off of that comes in various sizes. Because bees develop in the cells of the honeycomb, their size is directly correlated to the size of the cell. There is controversy over whether or not beekeepers should use standard cell foundation or small cell foundation. Standard cell was introduced in the 1930s and has widespread use, but small cell has risen in popularity as users claim it produces healthier hives with fewer pests and lower levels of viral infection. The goal of this project is to investigate whether or not the claims about small cell foundation are true by measuring the differences in health between standard cell and small cell bees through lipid and virus levels. Although we've confirmed the size differences between bees raised on different cell types, our data gives little indication that the choice between small cell or standard cell has a large impact on overall bee health.

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Apr 1st, 12:00 AM

Effects of Cell Size on Honeybee Health

Most beekeepers give their honeybees foundation - a template to build comb off of that comes in various sizes. Because bees develop in the cells of the honeycomb, their size is directly correlated to the size of the cell. There is controversy over whether or not beekeepers should use standard cell foundation or small cell foundation. Standard cell was introduced in the 1930s and has widespread use, but small cell has risen in popularity as users claim it produces healthier hives with fewer pests and lower levels of viral infection. The goal of this project is to investigate whether or not the claims about small cell foundation are true by measuring the differences in health between standard cell and small cell bees through lipid and virus levels. Although we've confirmed the size differences between bees raised on different cell types, our data gives little indication that the choice between small cell or standard cell has a large impact on overall bee health.