A new USDA honeybee research lab has opened at UC Davis. USDA's Agricultural Research Service says the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility will focus on developing technology to improve colony survivorship through long-term studies of multiple stress factors.

The new facility supports the hiring of two new researchers, Arathi Seshadri and Julia Fine, members of the Invasive Species and Pollinator Health Research Unit, “whose mission is to develop and transfer integrated biologically based approaches for the management of invasive species and the improvement of pollinator health,” according to an announcement from UC Davis.

“The research team collaborates with federal, university, non-governmental and industry partners conducting research to improve honeybee survival and beekeeping sustainability in California and nationwide,” the announcement added.

Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. was an ARS entomologist and UC Davis professor who was considered the “father of honeybee genetics.”

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