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Goals & Objectives

Methodology, data and analysis of results to date are shared in an annual report to USDA. Papers generated by team members during the time of the CAP are listed and periodically updated within each page dedicated to the specific objectives listed below.

Goal 1. Determine and mitigate causes of CCD

*Timetable for deliverables due in 2012

Obj 1.1: Characterize individual bee morbidity and mortality
              caused by Nosema species in cage studies

Obj 1.2: Characterize epidemiology and pathogenesis of Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus
              (IAPV) and develop RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics for the treatment of
              the viral diseases

Obj 1.3: Determine the role of pests, pathogens and pesticides in causing disease in
              stationary honey bee colonies across the United States

Obj 1.4: Develop diagnostic tools for high-throughput detection and monitoring of honey
              bee diseases

Obj 1.5: Obtain increased molecular information on honey bee and native bee pathogens
              [This objective has been dropped from the study.]

Obj 1.6: Elucidate synergistic and sub-lethal effects of in-hive miticides on colony health

Obj 1.7: Determine sub-lethal effects of pesticide metabolites on physiological and
              behavioral systems   *14 July 2012

Obj 1.8: Determine sublethal effects of pesticides on bees exposed to pesticides and
              selected combinations of pesticides during larval development and the nurse
              bee stage   *14 July 2012

Obj 1.9: Appraise economic efficacy of Varroa IPM control methods   *14 July 2012


Goal 2. Incorporate pathogen- and disease-resistant traints and increase genetic diversity.

Obj 2.1: Identify genes that confer resistance to Varroa and pathogens, and genes that
              respond to biotic challenges

Obj 2.2: Screen populations and commercial queens for genetic diversity


Goal 3. Improve conservation and management of non-Apis pollinators

Obj 3.1: Identify and characterize pathogens of managed non-Apis bees and determine
              cross-infectivity of microbes and parasites with Apis

Obj 3.2: Elucidate lethal and sub-lethal effects of insecticides on non-Apis bees
              *14 July 2012

Obj 3.3: Determine level and effects of pesticides that bees receive while working
              neonicotinoid-treated fields   *14 July 2012


Goal 4. Deliver research knowledge to client groups

Obj 4.1: Establish a managed pollinator Community of Practice with eXtension and
              populate a Web site with new literature on Best Management Practices and Bee

Obj 4.2: Use knowledge of genetics to improve bee breeding

Obj 4.3: Lay groundwork for a sustainable market for genetically-improved queens
              *14 July 2012

Obj 4.4: Document beekeeper adoption of sustainable bee management practices