Our knowledge of honey bee biology and our extensive research hives allow us to develop new tools and protocols to ensure bee health.

Our researchers have experience in honey bee pathology diagnosis, natural and artificial crop pollination, honey bee eradication, selective breeding, bioremediation, honey bee attractants and repellents, and chemical registrations.

Plant & Food Research operates around 135 research hives from our Ruakura site in Hamilton. These hives are based on farms and orchards throughout the greater Waikato region. We also have a dedicated varroa resistance breeding programme on Great Mercury Island. This breeding programme provides a specialised environment for the research, as distance to the mainland and lack of local bees allows populations of bees demonstrating high resistance to varroa to be bred without external influences.