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Characterization and Synthesis of Chemicals to Induce Hygienic Behavior in Honey Bees: A Method to Control Varroa mites in Honey Bee Hives

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Award date: 
May 5, 2016
Award amount: 
$68,627
Organization name: 
UNC - Greensboro
Principal Investigator: 
Noel, L. Staton
Grant program category: 
Research and Equipment Support
Grant program name: 
Technology Enhancement Grant
Region: 
Piedmont

Honey bees are the most important commercial pollinator and their health is declining. One of the major culprits is the Varroa mite and conventional control methods for this honey bee disease are failing. UNCG researchers are testing specific substance to trigger hygienic behavior, a natural defense mechanism of honey bees.

Fiscal year: 
2016