LSU AgCenter and USDA partner to study honeybees

BATON ROUGE - A collaboration between the LSU AgCenter and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is studying honeybees right in LSU’s backyard.

“Honeybees are incredibly important. Actually, one out of every three bites of food that we eat rely on honeybees or bees in general for pollination,” said Kristen Healy, an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology, LSU AgCenter.

Healy said the honeybee population is decreasing.

“Generally, we see more honeybee losses than we’d like to see on an annual basis,” Healy said.

A new grant will help the entomologists study how stress factors impact honeybees. They are working with researchers at the USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Research Unit in Baton Rouge and the largest beekeeper in the country to do a two-year study following 400 hives. 

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