Our goal is to provide independent, scientific assessments for how pesticides affect honey bees and pollinators, and provide practical, non-chemical solutions that fit within current food production systems.
Investigate the risks of agricultural practices on honey bees. We will establish pathways whereby pesticides affect hive health and vigor within ecologically relevant contexts. This is to say that we will examine how insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides (as well as their “inert” ingredients) combine to affect bee health under realistic conditions.
Reduce the need for in-hive pesticide treatments. Beekeepers have to spend too much money on pesticides to treat hive pests like foulbrood and Varroa mite. We will develop biological controls (predators) that will selectively kill hive pests while leaving the bees alone, as is done in other food production systems.
Integrate bee forage into crop production and rangeland. The goal of Ecdysis Foundation is to change how we produce food in crop- and rangeland to increase plant diversity in ways that feed bees better. Key to this is integrating flowering cover crops, cash crops, and field margins into current cropland, and managing herds in ways that promote plant diversity in rangeland.