ARS is launching a National Bee Genebank to help preserve honey bee genetic diversity. (Jim Eklund, D3185-1).
ARS geneticist Tom Rinderer (right) and a commercial beekeeping collaborator inspect Russian honey bees that have resistance to Varroa mites. (Scott Bauer, K8535-14).
Cryopreserved (frozen) semen, being collected from a drone honey bee in this picture, will form the basis of a new honey bee germplasm collection. (Stephen Ausmus, K11143-1).
Genetically diverse honey bee germplasm will be preserved for resistance traits to pests like Varroa mites, pictured on this bee's back. (Stephen Ausmus. K11145-17).