Honey Research

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Honeybees are dying nationwide due to a disease that is wiping out colonies. UTIA researchers are working to save the bee population in our state.


Recent Publications

RNA-seq reveals drastic alteration in honey bee gene regulation when caged and deprived of hive conditions Alburaki, M., K. H. Lamour, J. Adamaczyk, and S. D. Stewart.  2019.  J. Exper. Biology, 222:207761.

Insects - Friend or Foe?.  Denney, C. M., D. E. Edlund, J. M. Tsuruda, and L. A. Russo.  2019.  Land, Life & Science. [Abstract]

First report of honeysuckle leaf blight on Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) caused by Insolibasidium deformans in Tennessee. Plant Disease Klingeman, W. E., E. C. Bernard, S. Boggess, G. M. Pietsch, D. Hadziabdic Guerry, and R. N. Trigiano.  2019.  Plant Disease, 103(4): 772.

Foraging and homing behavior of honey bees (Apis mellifera) during a total solar eclipse Waiker, P., S. Baral, S. Bhatia, A. Rueppell, K. Le, E. Amiri, J. M. Tsuruda, and O. Rueppell.  2019.  The Science of Nature, 106: 4. [Abstract]

Comprehensive survey of area-wide agricultural pesticide use in southern United States row crops and potential impact on honey bee colonies Zawislak, J., J. Adamczyk, D. Johnson, G. Lorenz, J. Black, Q. Hornsby, S. D. Stewart, and N. Josh.  2019.  Insects, 10(9), 280.

Honey bee survival and pathogen prevalence: from the perspective of landscape and exposure to pesticides Alburaki, M., D. Chen, J. A. Skinner, W. Meikle, D. Tarpy, J. Adamczyk, and S. D. Stewart.  2018.  Insects, 9(2), 65.

Insights on pollen diversity of honey bee Apis mellifera l. colonies located in various agricultural landscapes Alburaki, M., et al., and S. D. Stewart.  2018.  Southwestern Naturalist, 63(1):49-58.

Landscape and pesticide effects on honey bees: forager survival and expression of acetylcholinesterase and brain oxidative genes Alburaki, M., S. J. Steckel, E. McDermott, M. Weiss, J. A. Skinner, H. M. Kelly, et al., and S. D. Stewart.  2017.  Apidologie.

Agricultural landscape and pesticide effects on honey bee (Hymenoptera:Apidae) biological traits Alburaki, M., S. J. Steckel, M. Williams, J. A. Skinner, D. Tarpy, W. Meikle, J. Adamcyzk, and S. D. Stewart.  2017.  Journal of Economic Entomology, 1-13.

Sugarcane aphid, Melanaphis sacchari, and grain sorghum: implications for honeybees, Apis mellifera.  Crow, W., et al., and S. D. Stewart.  2017.  Proc. Beltwide Cotton Conf., Pp. 587-589.

Herbicide and insect resistance Bt cotton pollen assessment finds no detrimental effects on adult honey bees Niu, L., W. Ma, C. Lei, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and L. Chen.  2017.  Environmental Pollution, 230: 479-485. [Abstract]

Scientists say agriculture is good for honey bees Rowsey, G., M. Alburaki, and S. D. Stewart.  2017.  UTIA News and Announcements, May 2.