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Tower-hive configuration for the maximization of honey yields and increased efficacy of easy drone brood removal

Varroa mites are a serious pest of honeybees, and tend to reproduce in drone cells within the hive. Removing infested drone cells is a good control measure, and a tower hive makes it easier for beekeepers to do this without having to lift honey supers. The project manager will see if the effectiveness of drone brood removal is increased by altering the size of the brood nest and will also test a tower-hive two-queen system to improve vitality and honey production while decreasing labor. Outreach will be through a beekeeper’s meeting and panel discussion and through industry newsletters. Funded by NE-SARE. 

Project Contact: Dennis vanEngelsdorpc-dvanengl@state.pa.us