Before posting about our summer progress, I thought it would be(e) beneficial to briefly write about our progress made throughout this past fall and spring!
The fall semester at GW ensued, and our researchers studied the effects of pesticides on honeybee cognition, as well as honeybee immunology and cell culture. We conducted Varroa destructor checks until October.
Unfortunately, we lost nearly all of our hives to the chilliness of winter. Two of our hives survived and are still happily and healthily buzzing about!
We replenished our hives, resulting in a grand total of twelve honeybee hives at GW. All of our research concluded, so our researchers worked on statistical analyses, presentations, and their theses.
We currently have six teams dedicating most of their summer days to their research. Our current research topics include pesticide, immunology, venom, queen rearing, 3D printing, and sound. We also have our two diligent beekeepers, Mehreen and Liam, tending to our hives’ needs daily.
Some of our most exciting endeavors in beekeeping of the summer so far include:
- expanding hives,
- and completing our first round of sugar treatments.
Stay tuned for more photographs and updates!