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Welcome to the Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies

The Dyce Lab is the center for beekeeping resources in the Northeast. For the past 50 years, the lab has been the go-to place for beekeeping resources, workshops, and honey bee information. The lab's focus is to promote a sustainable beekeeping industry by conducting applied research, providing educational programs, and supporting beekeepers. The lab works closely with hobbyist, part-time, and commercial beekeepers across New York.

Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies

Downloadable Resources

These resources are available to anyone who keeps bees or is considering getting started. They include beekeeping best management practices and business  information for apiarists in the Northeast.

Swarm of honey bees


Removing Your Swarms



Varroa mite under the microscope


Managing Honey Bee Pests and Diseases



Beekeepers in a hive


General Beekeeping Resources



Writing on paper


Business Resources for Beekeepers



Row of apple trees


Grower Resources



bumble bee on purple flower


Planting Pollinator Habitat

History of Dyce Lab

Dyce Lab opened in 1968, named after Professor Elton J. Dyce who headed Cornell’s honey bee program from 1947–1966. Professor Dyce is best known for his research on the properties of honey and his patented method for producing creamed honey. Construction of the bee lab was funded from patent royalties and a contribution from the United States Department of Agriculture. Roger A. Morse directed the lab from 1966–1996. During his time at Cornell he researched pests and diseases of honey bees, published beekeeping books, and introduced the Master Beekeeping Program. He was followed by Professor Nicholas W. Calderone from 1996 – 2012, who continued the Master Beekeeper Program and helped develop practices for managing Varroa mites. After Professor Calderone's retirement, the lab was dormant for two years.

Dyce Lab was reopened and renovated in 2015 upon the hires of Dr. Scott McArt, Professor of Pollinator Health and Emma Mullen, Honey Bee Extension Associate. Together they run the Honey Bee Research and Extension Program and investigate pollinator health, conduct applied research in apiculture, and provide education and resources to beekeepers in the Northeast USA. The lab has now expanded to include nearly 20 undergraduate students, graduate students, post doctoral fellows, staff, and volunteers.