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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; however, conventional control methods for this honey bee pest are failing. UNCG researchers are testing a specific natural substance found to trigger hygienic behavior, a natural defense mechanism of honey bees that is expected to curb mite infestation.

Fiscal year: 
2016