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Facilities

Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies

Dyce Laboratory for Honey Bee Research is located adjacent to the Cornell campus on 209 Freese Road. The Dyce Laboratory houses research programs on honey bee biology, bumble bee health, and the impacts of pesticides and pathogens on pollinators. Dyce lab also hosts beekeeping and pollinator health workshops and is open to the public for various extension activities. The 4000 square foot building provides excellent opportunities for outreach and field and laboratory research involving all things bees.

Pesticide Residue Analysis Lab

Located in the Chemical Ecology Core Facility is Cornell University's first multi-residue pesticide detection lab. Using gas chromatography mass spectrometry, pesticides can be identified from different substances. This space is currently being developed and used by the McArt lab to identify pesticides present in pollen collected by honey bees, but it will be available to other researchers and beekeepers in NY once it is fully operational.

Sarkaria Arthropod Research Laboratory (SARL)

SARL, Cornell’s quarantine facility, securely contains non-indigenous insects (arthropods) for experimentation on their biology and control. These insects include exotic pests as well as arthropods from other countries that might serve as biological control agents of pests. The ever increasing problems associated with invasive exotic pests, fueled by a rapidly changing climate, make this type of quarantine facility indispensable for research. The SARL has laboratories, greenhouses, and growth chambers in various sizes, and can be used by several researchers simultaneously. It has been constructed to comply with quarantine standards developed by USDA APHIS. The meadows at SARL are also serving as an apiary and contain 52 bee hives used in the pesticide and pathogen research projects in the McArt lab.

Cornell University Insect Collection (CUIC)

The CUIC is an outstanding research and teaching collection that includes over 7 million insects specimens representing about 200,000 species, or roughly 20% of the World's described insect fauna. Our collection is an important resource for Cornell students, staff and faculty, for the College of Agriculture, for residents of New York State, and for the broader systematics community. The CUIC supports basic research in insect biodiversity and evolution, agricultural research, detection and identification of invasive species, graduate and undergraduate education, and outreach and public education. Pollinator specimens from these collections are actively used in biological research.