The Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI)

The Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) at the University of Sussex is the largest research group in the UK studying honey bees and other social insects. Social insects are the insects that live in a colony with a queen and workers like many bees, ants, wasps and termites. LASI research studies the honey bee and other social insects "in the round" addressing both applied and basic questions. The applied research is aimed at helping the honey bee and beekeepers, whilst the basic research studies how insect societies function.


Professor Francis Ratnieks describes a research project being carried out at LASI which is decoding honey bee waggle dances to determine the movement of honey bees in apple orchards in order to understand apple pollination better. This project is part of Nick Balfour's PhD on "Helping Bees and Agricultural Pollination in Farm Land" which is part of the "Sussex Plan for Honey Bee Health & Well Being".


Professor Francis Ratnieks

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Dr Karin Alton

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Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Sussex, England

A sunny afternoon Open Day at LASI… via @SussexUni

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August proves difficult for honey bees as many foragers return empty handed.… via @SussexUni

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RT @WoldEcology: Robins nest containing 5 eggs being incubated by the female today in North Yorkshire, our first of the year. @_BTO

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