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Survivor Stock Queen Rearing Project

The ongoing purpose of the Survivor Stock Queen Rearing Project is to cooperatively select, breed and disseminate queens with resistant and locally suited genetics. Because open mating contributes half of the genes, a component of the project is the inclusion of local beekeepers through education on the value of these characteristics. To donate to this project, please click here.

To read about the Honeybee Improvement Program, a Cooperative breeding effort started in 1993, click here. Their bee breeding goal is honeybee stock which has under 20% annual loss rate (all causes) while being totally untreated for either of the very troublesome parasitic bee mites, known commonly as the Varroa mite and the Tracheal mite.


Pursuing collaborative approaches between farmers, growers, beekeepers and scientists to develop ways to improve health of honey bees in pollination services and support native pollinators. Click here to link to their website.

M.E.A. McNeil, journalist and Master Beekeeper, has written an article for the January 2010 American Bee Journal about French beekeeper, John Kefuss, who began experimenting with the possibility of breeding resistant bees before it was known it could be done. "Keeping Bees That Keep Themselves" tells the story of Kefuss and his "Bond Method" of selection as both more healthy and economical than chemical treatment for both bees and their keepers. (Click here to read the John Kefuss article.)

Kefuss trains beekeepers from around the world in his Bond protocols, spreading the word that bees do not need to be kept with chemicals. He considers this work to bear "a certain moral responsibility to future beekeepers to show that it is not only possible but cheaper to keep bees without chemicals." He welcomes beekeepers to his Varroa Challenge at Rucher d' Oc in southern France.

John Kefuss can be reached at .