2 LSU Researchers Get Nearly $1M to Study Honeybee Stress

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Two Louisiana State University researchers are getting nearly $1 million for a two-year study of how stress affects honeybee health.

The LSU AgCenter says in a news release that Kristen Healy and Daniel Swale are working with U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee researchers in Baton Rouge and the nation’s largest beekeeper.

They’ll be studying 400 hives of honeybees that are based in South Dakota, including some that are moved to California for the fall almond harvest and then to Mississippi for the winter.

Healy says they’ll compare colonies that survived or failed, and try to figure out which kinds of stress were more important to the bees’ health.

LSU is getting $935,000. It’s among seven universities getting a total of $6.8 million from the USDA to study pollinators.

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