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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Pettis, Jeffery S
Research Leader
Jeffery.Pettis@ars.usda.gov
(301) 504-7299
10300 BALTIMORE AVENUE
BLDG. 476, RM. 100, BARC-EAST
Beltsville MD 20705

Mission:
The mission of the Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville is to conduct research on the biology and control of honey bee parasites, diseases, and pests to ensure an adequate supply of bees for pollination and honey production. Using biological, molecular, chemical and non-chemical approaches, scientists are developing new, cost-effective strategies for controlling parasitic mites like Varroa destructor, bacterial diseases like American foulbrood, and emergent pests like the small hive beetle and the gut parasite Nosema ceranae. Additional research focuses on virus transmission, and the impact of pests and pathogens on worker and queen longevity and colony survival. Bee Research Laboratory staff also provides authoritative diagnosis of bee diseases and pests for Federal and State regulatory agencies and beekeepers on a worldwide basis.

Last Modified: 7/25/2014