Honey Bee Research at MSU
Honey Bee Research at MSU - Graduate Student Support
Honey bees are the primary insect pollinators of U.S. crops valued at approximately $17 billion annually. Unfortunately, for the past 11 years, honey bee colony losses have approached 38 percent, annually.
Montana beekeepers play a major role crop pollination and honey production. Montana beekeepers provided over 150,000 colonies for pollination services and produce ~ 15 million pounds of honey! Research at MSU aims to improve honey bee health and your support of graduate student research projects will help advance these endeavors.
Annual PhD student support averages $40,000 (i.e., stipend, tuition, insurance, and fees), in addition at least $20,000 per year is required for research supplies and approximately $2,500 to support annual attendance at national/international conferences.
One bee produces ~ 1/12 teaspoon of honey. Similar to every single bee contributing to the colony, every contribution helps support bee research. For example, $20 can purchase some beekeeping supplies, $100 pays for registration for the American Bee Research Conference, and $100 buys important reagents for honey bee pathogen testing.
For more information on honey bee research at MSU see: https://plantsciences.montana.edu/directory/faculty/1524085/michelle-flenniken.
Thank you for supporting honey bee research aimed at reducing honey bee losses.