The Bee program's mission are to:
- Strengthen multidisciplinary research and development teams
- Provide technical services to various sectors
- Promote standardization of products
- Continue to develop appropriate apicultural technologies for farmers, women and entrepreneurs , and
- Enhance biodiversity through the conservation and management of indigenous bee species
To be a center for bee research and development to support sustainable management of agriculture, forestry, and the beekeeping industry.
The UPLB Bee Program is a multi-disciplinary, integrated research and development program established on February 27, 1989. It aims to promote, formalize, and make more effective the integration and coordination of all bee-related research and extension activities in UPLB.
Due to the tremendous growth of the Program, it is now conducting beekeeping technology extension and research activities in the country.
- Intensive Beekeeping Course
- Management of Tropical Bees Bee
- Product Development
- Honey and Pollen Analysis
- Bee Disease Diagnosis
- Pollination Advisory
- Beekeeping Management and Apiary Establishment
- Socio-economic Profiling and Evaluation
- Print and Broadcast Media
- Exhibit and Trade Fairs
Technologies generated from intensive research and extension activities particularly on harnessing the potential of indigenous bees ensured sturdy population adapted to local conditions. The utilization of stingless bees in large scale fruit plantation, especially mango is a milestone of the program. The spread of the dreaded bee disease, American Foul Brood (AFB), was managed, sustaining the Philippine bee industry and preventing AFB transmission to native bees. Regular training courses on various aspects of beekeeping has helped bring about unprecedented growth of the bee industry. It has provided new livelihood activities especially to indigenous peoples, helped supplement farmers’ income and offered them new entrepreneurial opportunities.
AIMEE LYNN A. BARRION-DUPO, PhD.
Coordinator, UPLB Bee Program
Institute of Biological Sciences
University of the Philippines Los Baños College, Laguna 4031, Philippines