National Honey Board and PAm to Merge Research Efforts

Firestone, Colorado, June 8, 2016 – Project Apis m. (PAm) and the National Honey Board (NHB) are pleased to announce that PAm will be administering the NHB production research funds starting in 2017.

Merging efforts means one less round of work for all of our hardworking bee researchers who write proposals, scientific reviewers who read them, and selection committees and administrators who see these processes through. In addition, it will afford us opportunities to see a broader spectrum of projects, put together ideas that have the potential for synergy, and access deeper resources when necessary for projects that may need larger time or money commitments. Increased efficiency to fund and direct honey bee research will save all involved time and money.

Read the full Press Release here: NHB _PAm_PressRelease_2016

Project Apis m. Announces New PAm-Costco Scholar

Congratulations to the new PAm-Costco Scholar, Morgan Carr Markell! We had an exceptionally competitive field of applicants and wish we could fund them all!  Morgan is bright, determined, and an excellent communicator with a variety of audiences and we couldn’t be more excited about awarding her this scholarship.  Morgan is working on her PhD at the University of Minnesota, studying honey bee usage of native prairie plants. The award is $150,000 over three years, a significant investment in the future of honey bee research.  Watch for Morgan to do great things!


Job opening – Bee Breeding Apiarist

A honey bee breeding project focused on Varroa resistance in commercially desirable bees has started in Hilo, Hawaii.

We are currently looking for two motivated apiarists to staff the project.  For more information, click on the link:

Bee Breeding Apiarist

Did we Hit the Jackpot?

“This could be a game changer for honey bee colony health,” says Grass Valley beekeeper and biologist Randy Oliver.  “Dr. Stephen Martin may have hit the jackpot.”  Randy, as a PAm science advisor, brought Dr. Martin’s research proposal to PAm and encouraged our organization to fund this research.  It was money well spent, to discover variants in Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) and to better understand the interaction between DWV and Varroa.  Click here  to read the article we published in Almond Facts

PAm Board Press Release April 2016

PAm announces two new appointments to the Board of Directors. Read more about Dr. Gary Shilling and Pat Heitkam below:

PAm Board Press Release April 2016

2016 Almond Bloom Spray Issues Survey

Are you a beekeeper who pollinated almonds in 2016 and experienced significant brood loss?  

If so, you’re not alone!  You are encouraged to complete a brief survey  – find it here.  

Unconscionable bee theft

Bee thefts Thieves stole the heart out of at least 20 colonies, impacting several different research projects underway at Washington State University (WSU).  When scientists Dr. Brandon Hopkins and Dr. Steve Sheppard traveled to evaluate their colonies east of Modesto this almond pollination season, they were saddened by what they found.  “Someone knew what they were doing”, said Dr. Sheppard.  “In most cases the queen was gone, as were 4-5 frames from the bottom box”.  He went on to say, “Somebody formed some nucs out of our research colonies, and then probably went on to sell them at a pretty good price, given the value of bees in almonds.”  These bees were particularly valuable because of the time and effort WSU invested in the artificial insemination of the queens, the investment made in breeding, and in collecting data leading up to the planned subsequent evaluation in almonds.  Colonies were located in the Empire area, and frames may or may not have WSU stamped on them.  If you have any information, please contact Dr. Brandon Hopkins at 509-868-1250 or email him at  Project Apis m. will collect money for WSU to help replace these colonies.  Please see our website at to donate via check or PayPal.  Write “WSU colonies” on the memo line (check) or purpose (PayPal).  Thank you!

Honey Bee BMPs

Article from Almond Board of California on Honey Bee BMPs can be found here.

Call for Almond Proposals

Please see the attached almond call for proposals for 2016-2017, as well as the Areas of Interest and the 2016-17 proposal form.  Note that the due date for submission to Debye Hunter ( is February 12.  Please limit the text of proposals to no more than six pages plus a budget.  You will also find an attachment describing the Almond Board’s new Accelerated Innovation Management (AIM) initiative.  This one page document briefly describes the four major areas on which the ABC board has identified to place greater emphasis in the coming years and may represent increased funding opportunities.  Further detail on submitting proposals under this initiative is forthcoming.

I ask that leaders receiving this call further distribute the call to their  department faculty/staff and researchers to help assure that no interested persons have been missed.

Thank you,

Roger Duncan

UC Liaison Officer to the California Almond Industry

2016-2017 Call for Almond Research Proposals

16-17 Areas of Interest for Almond Research FINAL

AIM one-pager


Healthy Hives 2020 Initiative Underway – See RFP

The funding sponsor for these proposals is the Healthy Hives 2020 project (HH2020), with Project Apis m. (PAm) administering the proposal, accountability and funding process.  HH2020 is an initiative of the Bayer CropScience Bee Care Program with the goal of improving the health of honey bee colonies in the United States by the year 2020.  The attached document outlines the priority areas for funding and proposal guidelines. Click the link: HH2020-PAm-RFP-FINAL.pdf.

Proposals should be submitted via email to both and by 5 pm PST, Tuesday, March 1st, 2016.


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