ON A MISSION TO IMPROVE BEE HEALTH

ON A MISSION TO IMPROVE BEE HEALTH

Our Mission

The Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, Inc. is a Boston-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization on a mission to improve bee health. By supporting bees, we can increase food security for people across the globe. Our campaign is to raise $150,000 total by the end of 2019. These funds go directly to our research to improve bee health.

 

Anyone who eats food, needs bees. As pollinators of over 70 fruit and vegetable crops that we humans rely upon, bees contribute over $15 billion to the United States economy annually. That amount scales up to $100 billion globally each year. Honey bees, Apis mellifera, in particular are relied upon for scientific research, providing us with information about the greater environment. However, these are just one species of nearly 20,000 bee species worldwide.

 

Pollinators are struggling in both agricultural and wild environments.  There have been a wide range of theories blaming pesticides or fungicides, migratory beekeeping practices, climate change, mono-cultured landscapes and habitat loss, and an array of honey bee pathogens. . Within the beekeeping community some have begun to rename the epidemic “multiple stress disorder,” as it is clear that a combination of many stressors on the bees have made it difficult for their populations to succeed.

Our Research

At the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory & Bee Sanctuary, we know that honey bees are endlessly fascinating creatures. Beyond the captivating intricacies of their colony system and the delicious honey byproduct they produce, honey bees are also uniquely vital to our natural surroundings.

 

And yet, honey bees are dying at an alarming rate. Owing to disease, mounting exposure to pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides, as well as continued habitat loss, honey bee colonies throughout the world are suffering unprecedented devastation. This decline is one of the single greatest threats to our natural environment today.

 

As pollinators of more than 100 fruit and vegetable crops in the United States, honey bees are an integral contributor to a sustainable natural environment.

 

Our mission is to raise funding for our research to improve bee health. The research projects range widely, and involve the collaborative efforts of our staff beekeepers, multiple Ph.D.’s, and student research interns. We also regularly collaborate with outside laboratories in both academia and industry, and within the United States as well as abroad.

 

The Urban Beekeeping Laboratory focuses on basic science research. These focus on testing hypotheses to better understand the natural world, as it pertains to bees.

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