Video: The ASU Bee Lab produces more than just honey

What is ASU doing to save the bees?


Arizona State University's Bee Lab does more to save the bees than just research. 

Research teams use the lab's approximately 100 hives to investigate various causes behind the declining bee population. This past winter alone, bee keepers have reported 40% to 50% decline in their hive populations, requiring bees all the way from Florida to be used in the annual pollination of California's $5 billion almond industry. The lab provides beekeeping courses taught by Cahit Ozturk, who manages the hives at the ASU Bee Lab, to help foster new beekeepers to take care of the bees for future generations.

Ozturk has been a beekeeper for about 30 years and assists researchers by providing them bee material. The labs research covers pesticides, as well as other factors in bee population decline such as disease and genetic factors. If bee losses continue, crops that require large amounts of pollinators will suffer. 


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