Earlier this spring, Harvard University reached out to our local beekeeper’s association. One of their researchers in the School of Public Health is doing research on honeybees. His goal is to study the distribution of pesticides in pollen across the state of Massachusetts. He is particularly interested in pesticides containing neonicotinoids, as they have shown potential links in previous studies to cause massive honeybee death (Colony Collapse Disorder).
I completed the questionnaire for candidacy and awaited an answer to see if I would be participating in the study. Yesterday, the FedEx truck arrived. My criteria must have matched what they required. We are part of the study.
Over the next few months, I will be collecting pollen samples and a honey sample to send off to Harvard for analysis. I am so excited and happy to participate in studies like these, especially if we can get some answers to so many questions that have plagued beekeepers across the state and country. I will be collecting my first sample on the next warm, sunny day in April when the bees are out foraging. I’ll be reading up on how to attach the pollen collector to the hive entrance.