Ongoing Projects

Clover project

In 2022, we assessed bee abundance and diversity on four flower species: white clover (Trifolium repens), red clover (Trifolium pratense, cultivars: ‘medium’ and ‘mammoth’), crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum), and common selfheal (Prunella vulgaris) based on their observed attractiveness to various bumble bee species, including several species currently found in Rhode Island.Learn More

Assessing pollinator response to NEPP

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is collaborating with the URI Bee lab and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to assess plant and pollinator responses to practices installed through the New England Pollinator Partnership (NEPP) in RI and CT. Learn More

Water-collecting behavior of honey bees on mosses

Foraging honey bees (Apis mellifera) obtain the fundamental resources of the colony: pollen, nectar, propolis, and water. While nectar and pollen are the most apparent resources that bees need to collect, water is also critical to the colony.Learn More

Varroa mite management

Dr. Steven Alm and his lab have teamed up with Dr. Matthew Kiesewetter of URI’s Chemistry Department to address the management of Varroa destructor, a parasitic mite which infests honey bee colonies.Learn More