What's In Your Honey? with Dr. Larry Millet

  • May 7, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time

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What’s In Your Honey? Sugars, Pesticides, Wax, and Pollen Compositions in Honey

Larry Millet, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Tennessee Knoxville, Knoxville, TN 37996.

Dr. Millet leads cross-disciplinary collaborations in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee Knoxville to innovate and apply technology to understand and solve challenges that impact honey bee ecology and agricultural beekeeping.    

Honey bees are critical to a balanced ecosystem and the agricultural economy. Honey production and crop pollination are the primary benefits of beekeeping. In a global trade economy, large-scale agricultural production and international transport have significantly pressured the ability to maintain honey bees.In this presentation, Dr. Millet will address chemicals used in hives to control infestations and infections and considerations for keeping pesticides out of honey, wax, and propolis products, and derivative products. This talk will also bring awareness to the industrial production of hive hardware with petroleum-derived compounds that are now for sale in the beekeeping industry and induce new challenges to beekeeping. We also present evidence for how honey bees move sugar feed throughout the hive, including into honey stores. To promote high-quality honey production that brings appreciation to what honey bees do for agriculture and ecosystems, we deliver new data for pollen mapping the honey stores of honey bee hives; an emphasis will be given to local craft and artisanal honey production and keeping honey as the bees make it.

Date & Time

Tue, May 7, 2024 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

UT Arboretum