Bee Research Projects

If you would like to support research into the dwindling honey bee populations please check out these amazing organisations:

The Wheen Bee Foundation

The Wheen Bee Foundation

The Wheen Bee Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes awareness of the importance of bees for food security, and raises funds for research that addresses the national and global threats to bees. Some of their research projects include: 

  • Trapping and ecology of Asian honey bees in Cairns
  • Understanding colony collapse disorder
  • Selection and development of Australian hygienic honey bee lines
  • Taxonomy of native social bees


The Global Initiative for Honey bee Health (GIHH)

The Global Initiative for Honey bee Health (GIHH) is an international collaboration of researchers, beekeepers, farmers, industry and technology companies set up to research the threats to bee health in order to better understand bee colony collapse and find solutions that will help secure crop pollination.

It is not possible for a single research group or organisation to mount a program aimed at protecting honey bee health alone. In response, CSIRO is leading the GIHH – a tightly-focussed, well-coordinated national and international effort that is addressing the challenges facing honey bee health globally. One of the key research projects is the: 

  • Smart sensor technology (high-tech micro-sensors (also known as backpacks)  are manually fitted to bee help identifying individual bees and recording their movements.)

Honey bees with backpacks smart sensor technology

Although the GIHH do not receive donations directly, we are keen to follow the outcomes to their research projects on the blog.