Proposals sought for honeybee research

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has announced that up to $75,000 is available to fund research devoted to health problems of honeybees.

“The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is seeking grant proposals for research into finding practical solutions to honeybee health issues,” he said. “The State Legislature made this money available to counter the increasing seriousness of bee diseases and parasites.”

Goehring said applicants can submit proposals for any or all of five research priorities:

  • Colony collapse cause, management
  • Varroa mite control
  • Understanding honeybee viruses and effects on honeybee health
  • Correlating pathogen presence to management practices
  • Other problem-solving ideas of interest to the beekeeping industry

Funded research projects must be completed by June 1, 2015. Multiple grants may be awarded. Proposals to extend previously funded projects will be considered.

Complete information on applying for research funds is available on the NDDA website at www.nd.gov/ndda. Grants applications must be received by Dec. 2, 2013.

Additional information is available by contacting Samantha Brunner at (701)328-4765 or sbrunner@nd.gov.