Consortium Grant Supports Research on Urban Beehives

Bee on flower
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bees have been in the news lately, between President Obama's announcement of a National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators and ongoing news coverage on the effects of -- and possible solutions for -- the decline of bee colonies. The Consortium is making its own contribution through our intramural grants program, which supports selected graduate and professional students in research and writing on the societal implications of problems in health, environment, and the life sciences. Last week, the University of Minnesota's Bee Lab & Squad unveiled hives in St. Paul that were partially funded by a successful 2014-15 Consortium grant application from Ana Heck, titled "Healthy Honey Bees and Communities: Implementation Recommendations for Community Apiaries in Urban Neighborhoods." The project, which is also supported by the City of St. Paul, will help develop best practices and guidelines for community groups wishing to establish sustainable hives in economically and culturally diverse neighborhoods.