Resources & Publications

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Resources for Bee Keeping and Bee Health

Bee Swarms (Private Citizens who may be willing to pick up a swarm)

Bee Keeping FAQ (PDF 2MB)
Find a list of commonly asked questions related to beekeeping.

Extension Publications about Bees

Land, Seeds, and Bee-Business Resources
Find a list of financial resources that can help you start and grow your hive.

Why Does Bee Health Matter? The Science Surrounding Honey Bee Health Concerns and What We Can Do About It 
(CAST commentary June 2017) 

Video: CAST Why Does Bee Health Matter Spivak June 2017


  1. Nebraska-focused bee program protects local pollinators, Nebraska Today, Dec. 7, 2022. 
  2. Guest column: "A Call for coming together - Pesticide concerns need to be addressed" by Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, in The New Lede, April 22, 2022.
  3. "We're facing Uphill Battles:" Researchers, Residents urge more testing after AltEn pollution, Nebraska Public Media, March 25, 2021
  4. When Bees Become Canaries: UNL Research Leads to Important Discoveries, University of Nebraska Foundation, Sept. 26, 2021.

Research Publications

  1. Targeting Virus infections and Mortality in Honey Bee Colonies, published in Virology Journal, 20, 124,  June 22, 2023, by Christopher Fellows, Michael Simone-Finstrom, Troy Anderson, & Daniel Swale. 
  2. Integrated Honey Bee Education and Research Aids for Promoting Pollinator Conservation, 2022 MS thesis by Courtney Brummel, UNL Digital Commons.
  3. Developing Regional Extension Programs and Research Tools for Beekeepers, 2022 MS thesis by Sheldon Brummel, UNL Digital Commons. 
  4. Honey bee foraged pollen reveals temporal changes in pollen protein content and changes in forager choice for abundant versus high protein flowers, published in the Journal of Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Dec. 2021, Vol. 322, by Gabriela Quinlan, Meghan Milbrath, Clint Otto, Autumn Smart, Deborah Iwanowicz, Robert Scott Cornman, and Rufus Isaacs, doi:
  5. Landscape characterization of floral resources for pollinators in the Prairie Pothole Region of the United States, published in the Biodiversity and Conservation Journal, 30, April, 2021,  by Autumn H. Smart, Clint R. V. Otto, Alisa L. Gallant, and Michael P. Simanonok, doi:
  6. Patch utilization and flower visitations by wild bees in a honey bee-dominated, grassland landscape, published in Ecology and Evolution, Oct. 10, 2021, by Clint R. V. Otto, Larissa L. Bailey, and Autumn H. Smart.  doi:
  7. Identification of anti-inflammatory vesicle-like nanoparticles in honey, published in the Journal of Extracellular Vesicles by Xingyi Chen, Boalong Liu, Xingzhi Li, Thuy T. An, You Zhou, Gang Li, Judy Wu-Smart, Sophie Alvarez, Michael J. Naldrett, James Eudy, Gregory Kubik, Richard A. Wilson, Stephen D. Kachman, Juan Cui, and Jiujiu Yu, Feb. 12, 2021. doi:
  8. An updated genetic marker for detection of Lake Sinai Virus and metagenetic applications, published in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, July 17, 2020,  by Deborah D. Iwanowicz, Judy Wu-Smart, Tugce Olgun, Autumn H. Smart, Clint R.V. Otto, Dawn Lopez, Jay D. Evans, and Robert Cornman.  doi: 
  9. Forage and Habitat for Pollinators in the Northern Great Plains - Implications for U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Programs published as an Open File Report 2020-1037 by the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Written by Clint R.V. Otto, Autumn H. Smart, Robert S. Cornman, Michael Simanonok, and Deborah D. Iwanowicz.
  10. Comparative analysis of viruses in four bee species collected from agricultural, urban, and natural landscapes, published in PLOS One journal June 12, 2020, by Tugce Olgun, Sydney Everhart, Troy D. Anderson, and Judy Wu-Smart. doi:
  11. Establishment of Wildflower Islands to Enhance Roadside Health & Aesthetics, Nebraska Department of Transportation Research Report SPR-1(18) M058, Dec. 30, 2019, by Walter Schacht and Judy Wu-Smart. 

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