Why Help Bees

The mission of the UMN Bee Lab is to promote the conservation, health and diversity of ALL bees— native and non-native, wild and managed—through research, education, and hands-on mentorship. All bees play a keystone role in the productivity of agriculture and the beauty and functioning of our natural world through the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers. The disruption of natural habitats leading to lack of “bee flowers,” the widespread overuse of pesticides, and numerous bee diseases and parasites have created a health crisis for managed bees and declines in our wild, native bees. We strive to find solutions to promote healthy honey bees while protecting wild, native bees.

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