Artificial Insemination Event- Penn State, Purdue, & PA Queen Improvement Project 2023 November 29 2023

A partnership between Penn State EPIQ, Purdue Harpur Lab, and Pennsylvania Queen Bee Improvement Project Inseminated over 60 queens!  Artificial insemination was performed by several experienced technicians from Missouri, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania who mentored several new students from the EPIQ class.  Cory Stevens also brought some of his genetics to share with the group.

This year, as part of the Penn State EPIQ grant,  we will be merging the best locally adapted survivor stock from a 2-year 400-hive scientific study (USDA CARE) with the best Mite-biting behavior genetics from the Purdue Bee Lab.  Locally adapted genetic stock has been proven to survive winter better, produce 35% more honey, this is coupled with the Purdue stock, which adds mite and disease resistance into the mix.

We are honored and excited to host this event in Slippery Rock, PA at the our bee lab!