Purdue's Bee Lab, led by Dr. Greg Hunt is a part of a newly-formed organization called Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Cooperative [HHBBC]. Their goal is to produce bees who are gentle, healthy and can overwinter successfully. A recent article in Bee Culrure magazine reports on last fall's collaboration on campus "to inseminate virgin queens . . . with semen collected from Purdue stock" which exhibits certain desirable traits.
The article, entitled "Quality Queens" was written by Ginger Davidson and is featured in the September 2014 issue of the magazine. It states, "As National Pollinator Week was kicking off around the nation, HHBBC members recently came together at the Purdue University Bee Lab. Braving the hot and humid Indiana weather, queen breeders from Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania arrived to collaborate with Greg Hunt and Krispn Given from the lab . . .
"Although six insemination devices were often in simultaneous operation during the week, Krispn Given was the primary person collecting semen from drones and inseminating the breeder queens for this project. His schedule over the five days was long, often arriving early and staying late. The hard work paid off, though. When he finished there were 74 inseminated breeder queens; great job Krispn!"