Center for Pollinator Research

The Center for Pollinator Research at Pennsylvania State University is committed to developing and implementing integrative, multidisciplinary approaches to improving pollinator health, conservation, and management for ecosystems services through research, education, outreach and policy.


Tracking the health of Feral Bees
We aim to identify how feral and managed honey bees differ in immune gene expression and loads of viral pathogens. Our goal is to identify genetic stocks that can naturally deal better with disease.
Landscapes for Honey Bees
Identifying landscape features that promote honey bee health through a beekeeper-scientist partnership.
Beekeeping 101 Online Course
Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new beekeeper, or thinking about starting a backyard beehive, Penn State Beekeeping 101 is a one-of-a-kind completely online learning experience.
Pollinator Garden Certification
Certify your pollinator-friendly garden with the Penn State Master Gardeners.

Center News

Widely Used Pesticide Is a Buzzkill for Honeybees
July 10, 2017
Findings add fuel to the debate over whether a commonly used chemical damages insect populations
Student Research Spotlight - Emily Erickson
June 21, 2017
This is the 10th of thirteen short news articles written by students, during the professional development class, about each other's research.
Slugging it out with a new contender in the GMO debate
June 7, 2017
It was the closest thing you get to a blind date between a scientist and a journalist.

Upcoming Events

Wings in the Park
When: July 22, 2017
Where: Tudek Park, State College, PA
Backyard Bees
When: August 16, 2017
Where: The Arboretum at Penn State
The Great Insect Fair
When: September 23, 2017
Where: Snider Agricultural Arena
Impacts of land use and management on bee health
When: October 14, 2017
Where: West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association