Efforts by WSU researcher Brandon Hopkins to breed a healthier honeybee were showcased in two recent radio programs.
A research associate and Apiary and Laboratory Manager of the WSU Apiary Program, Hopkins is trying to introduce more diverse, hardier stock into American bees. He has also been working with Olson Honey in Yakima to help bees survive winter in better shape, using carbon dioxide.
Hopkins was interviewed for a May 10 Northwest Public Radio segment, “Beekeepers Can’t Change The Winter, But They Can Change The Bees.”
Hopkins was also in the May 6, 2016, NPR segment titled “Growing Weeds And Feeding Bees: Beekeepers And Farmers Work To Help Honey Bees Thrive.”
Hopkins is a 2014 doctoral graduate from the WSU Department of Entomology.