Dig Deeper: SARE Database

Dig Deeper: SARE Database

Pollinators: Southern Region Resources on Honeybees, Native Bees and Alternative Pollinators

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Dig deeper in honeybees, alternative pollinators, and education and training efforts with these related SARE-funded research projects. These projects are just a sampling of the 5,000-plus sustainable agriculture projects available in the SARE Projects Database. The database covers a wide range of sustainable ag topics across the national SARE program. 



Overwintering Survival of Kentucky Honeybees (Kentucky, 1997)

Promoting Sustainable Beekeeping Practices through Local Production of Nucs (Nucleus Colonies) and Local Queen Honeybees (Virginia, 2008)

Winter Production of Nucleus Honeybee Colonies (Virginia, 2010)

Impact of Supplemental Feed Type on Winter Survival of Honeybee Colonies (North Carolina, 2011)

Are Beeswax Cappings Contaminated with Pesticides? (Virginia, 2012)

Bee Breeding

Selection of Hygienic Honeybee Queens Resistant to Tracheal Mites (Tennessee, 2004)

Sustainable Honeybee Strains for Western North Carolina (North Carolina, 2010)

Selective Breeding on Honeybees for Multiple Traits with a Priority on Nosema Disease Resistance (Tennessee, 2012)

Pest and Disease Management

Making Honeybee Pollination More Sustainable by Reducing Miticides to Control Varroa Mites (Virginia, 2002)

A Low Cost Trapping System for Control of the Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida Murray), a Pest of Honeybee Colonies (Florida, 2004)

A Varroa Mite Management Project (Virginia, 2004)

Natural Comb Management of Honeybees for Varroa Control (Tennessee, 2007)

Natural Controls for Honeybee Pests (North Carolina, 2009)

Testing the Efficacy of Three New Alternative Treatments for Nosema Disease of Honeybees in Tennessee (Tennessee, 2009)

Efficacy of Entomopathogenic Fungi in Controlling the Small Hive Beetle, a Destructive and Invasive Pest of Honeybee Colonies (Florida, 2011)

Sustainable Varroa Mite Management in Honey Bee Queen Production (Virginia, 2018)

Alternative and Native Pollinators

Alternative Pollinators (Kentucky, 1999)

Providing Habitat for Native Pollinators and Determination of Native Pollinator Contribution to Pollination of Cucurbits and Blueberries at Farm Sites (Tennessee, 2008)

Do Human-modified Landscapes Affect Solitary Bee Diversity, Foraging and Reproduction in Northern Florida? (Florida, 2010)

Evaluation of the Utility of Adding Artificial Bumble Bee Nesting Sites to Increase Pollination Services in a Small Farm Environment (Arkansas, 2011)

A Measurement of the Pollination Success of Native Bees in North Georgia Apple Orchards: Is there a need for commercial European honeybees? (Georgia, 2011)

Cucumber Pollination in Bumblebees (South Carolina, 2011)

Native Bee Assessment in North Georgia Apple Orchards: Measuring diversity and devising methods to boost abundance (Georgia, 2012)

Establishment of Native Pollinator Habitat in Organic and Conventional Small Ruminant Pastures (Arkansas, 2013)

Enhancement of Native Bee Pollination Services in Apple Orchards in Georgia (Georgia, 2013)

Nesting Habitat Enhancements and Native Bee Population Measurements in Apple Orchards in Georgia (Georgia, 2013)

Investigating Artificial Native Bee Habitats as a Means to Boost Native Bee Pollination and Provide an Additional Revenue Source for Farmers (Georgia, 2014)

Row Cover Use Methods for Cucurbit Pest and Pollinator Management (Oklahoma, 2014)

Measuring the Benefits of Wildflower Plots to Boost Fruit Yield and Pollinator Abundance in Georgia Apple Orchards (Georgia, 2016)

Which Wildflower is Best at the Recruitment of Native Bees into Agricultural Areas? A comparison of perennial vs. annual wildflowers (Georgia,2017)

Companion Planting of Native Insectary Plants to Benefit Crop Plants: The promotion of beneficial insects in agricultural communities via trophic resource enhancement (Florida, 2017)


Training Educators to Protect Honeybee Pollinators with Sustainable Pest Management (Tennessee, 2003)

Back to Basics: Training the trainers at the Eastern Apicultural Society Conference (North Carolina, 2010)

Pollinator Conservation Short Course (Oregon, 2011)

Search the SARE Projects Database to view reports on thousands of SARE-funded sustainable agriculture projects.


Southern SARE Resources


A collection of Southern SARE publications developed from grant projects on honeybees, native bees and other pollinators.


Southern SARE articles showcasing grant-funded work on honeybees and other pollinators.


Multimedia products, including videos and Power Point presentations related to bees, beekeeping and native pollinators.


Educational and outreach resources developed through grant-funded projects on honeybees, native bees and beekeeping efforts.


Resources from Other SARE Regions

North Central SARE

Enhancing Crop Yield through Wild Pollinators

Wild Pollinators

In this journal article, the authors argue for integrating the promotion of wild-insect species richness with single-species management to benefit farmers and society.

Wisconsin Bee Guide

WI Bee Guide

An online guide designed to help users identify wild bees commonly found in Wisconsin in the spring and early summer by their color, shape, size, and habitat.

Northeast SARE

IPM for Varroa Destructor in the Northeastern U.S.

IPM of Varroa Mite

This bulletin focuses on the management of the parasitic honey bee mite Varroa destructor. It contains information that will allow a beekeeper to: 1) identify V. destructor, 2) recognize the symptoms of mite infestation, 3) determine pest densities, and 4) implement an effective IPM program for keeping mite populations below the economic injury level.

Native Bees and Flowering Cover Crops

Small bee

A four-page bulletin on the benefits of improved bee habitat through cover cropping.

Western SARE

Managing for Wild Bees

Managing Wild Bees

Evaluating the ability of hedgerow restorations to augment hybrid sunflower pollination by the native bee community.

For more pollinator resources from across the country, visit the national SARE Learning Center.

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