The Honey Bee Lab at Oregon State University provides commercial and hobbyist beekeepers with applied research, best practices, and diagnostic services for maintaining healthy, happy bees. 

Resources for Commercial Beekeepers

PNW 591 - How to Reduce Bee Poisoning from Pesticides (PDF)
Updated in 2013, this publication describes the latest research and regulation on pesticide use and how it affects honey bee heath. 

Oregon State Beekeepers Association offers a number of resources, such as pollination services, information about swarm collection, and farm direct marketing rules.

Diagnostic Services - Determine the current status of pest/disease levels in your colonies

How To Videos

How to diagnose tracheal mites in your hive

Dissecting for Tracheal Mites - Oregon State University

 

How to test for Nosema

Testing for Nosema - Oregon State University

Testing for Nosema - Oregon State University

All videos were produced by Ellen Topitzhofer, graduate student in the Honey Bee Lab.

How to diagnose tracheal mites in your hive

Dissecting for Tracheal Mites - Oregon State University

How to test for Nosema

Testing for Nosema - Oregon State University

Honey Bee queens dueling

FileHoney Bee - Queen Dueling

Pollen mites

FilePollen Mites

Mites attacking a Varroa mite

FileStratiolaelaps scimitus - Oregon State University

Honey Bee Pest and Disease Diagnostics

Knowing the current status of pest and disease levels in your colonies can help you make informed decisions in your colony management. The OSU Honey Bee Lab can analyze your bees for Varroa mites, Nosema, and/or tracheal mites. Please contact us for more information on sending in your bees for analysis:  (541) 737-5440.