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Entomology: UGA Honey Bee Program: About Us

Jennifer A. Berry

Jennifer Berry in Apiary
  • M.S., 2000, University of Georgia, Entomology
  • B.S., 1997, University of Georgia, Entomology

About Jennifer

For the past fourteen years, Jennifer Berry has been the Apicultural Research Coordinator and Lab Manager for the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. Her research and extension objectives have concentrated on:

  • the sub-lethal effects of pesticides on honey bees,
  • a long-term queen breeding program selecting for hygienic behavior, as well as traits for honey production, brood production and gentleness
  • incorporating IPM techniques for varroa mites, and
  • small hive beetle control.

Recently, Jennifer has undertaken an ambitious campaign to educate the public about the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects, including honey bees, and how to reduce pesticide use.

Jennifer Berry workshop

She is a regular columnist for Bee Culture magazine. She also writes occasionally for other publications, including Bee World. She travels extensively to speak to local, state, national and international beekeeping associations. She was 2006 President of the Eastern Apicultural Society and successfully held that year’s meeting in Young Harris, Georgia.



Jennifer Berry Honeypond Farm

On evenings and weekends, Jennifer operates Honey Pond Farm, a queen and nuc business, which focuses on rearing healthy bees while selecting for longevity, pest resistance and honey production.





M.S. thesis title and abstract:

Effects of comb age on honey bee colony growth, brood survivorship, and adult mortality

This research was designed to test the effects of comb age on honey bee colony growth, brood survivorship, and adult mortality. Experimental old combs were of an unknown age but were characteristically dark and heavy similar to combs one or more years old. New combs were produced just prior to the beginning of the experiment and never before had brood reared in them. Either old or new combs were installed into each of 21-24 nucleus colonies in each of three years of field study. On average, colonies with new comb had a higher area (cm2) of brood, area (cm2) of sealed brood, and weight (mg) of individual young bees. Brood survivorship was the only variable significantly higher in old comb. Laboratory assays suggested that mortality of adult bees was lower when adults were housed on comb of an age class similar to that in which they were reared as immatures.

Academic Publications:

  1. Berry, J.A. & K.S. Delaplane. 2000. Effects of top- versus bottom-supering on honey yield. American Bee Journal 140(5): 409-410 PDF file
  2. Berry, J.A. & K.S. Delaplane. 2001. Effects of comb age on honey bee colony growth and brood survivorship. Journal of Apicultural Research 40(1): 3-8 PDF file
  3. Ellis, J. D., Jr., K.S. Delaplane, C.S. Richards, R. Hepburn, J.A. Berry, & P.J. Elzen. 2004. Hygienic behavior of Cape and European Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae) toward Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) eggs oviposited in sealed bee brood. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 97(4): 860-864 PDF file
  4. Delaplane, K.S., J.A. Berry, J.A. Skinner, J.P. Parkman, & W.M. Hood. 2005. Integrated pest management against Varroa destructor reduces colony mite levels and delays economic threshold. Journal of Apicultural Research 44(4): 117-122 PDF file
  5. Berry, J.A., W.A. Owens, & K.S. Delaplane. 2008. A test of a small cell foundation as an aid to Varroa control. Proceedings of American Bee Research Conference, Sacramento, California. American Bee Journal 148(6): 553
  6. Delaplane, K.S. & J.A. Berry. 2009. A test for sub-lethal effects of some commonly used hive chemicals. Proceedings of American Bee Research Conference, Gainesville, Florida. American Bee Journal 149(6): 586
  7. Berry, J.A., W.B. Owens, & K.S. Delaplane. 2010. Small-cell comb foundation does not impede Varroa mite population growth in honey bee colonies. Apidologie 41: 41-44 doi 10.1051/apido/2009049 PDF file
  8. Delaplane, K.S. and J.A. Berry. 2010. A test for sub-lethal effects of some commonly used hive chemicals, year two. Proceedings of American Bee Research Conference, Orlando, Florida. American Bee Journal 150(5): 498-499
  9. Berry, J.A., O. Afik, M.P. Nolan IV, and K.S. Delaplane. 2012. Revisiting powdered sugar for Varroa control on honey bees (Apis mellifera L). Journal of Apicultural Research 51(4): 367-368 DOI 10.3896/IBRA. PDF file
  10. Berry, J.A., W.M. Hood, S. Pietravalle, and K.S. Delaplane. 2013. Field-level sublethal effects of approved bee hive chemicals on honey bees (Apis mellifera L). PLoS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0076536 PDF file
  11. Distinguishing between feral and managed honey bees using stable carbon isotopes. Apidologie, 24-Feb-2014 PDF file

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