The College of Agriculture at Auburn University proudly boasts the AU-Bees Lab — named after our lovable mascot, “Aubie.”
Housed in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, its mission is to understand and promote bees through research, instruction and outreach with activities that benefit the local community while educating the public on the vital work of pollinators.
The AU-Bees lab is raising funds to upgrade electrical and mechanical systems to allow for the installation of a fume hood and an on-demand hot water system. Further renovation is needed to install new cabinets, worktables and a new sink.
The lab hosts visitors, including students, local stakeholders and international guests who can see the lab’s honeybee hives, observation hive, drone petting zoo, bee hotels and native pollinator specimens.
The lab’s research program aims to promote the health of insect pollinators in Alabama and beyond by executing specific activities that fall under several stakeholder-identified priority areas.
Once renovations are complete, The AU-Bees Lab will have optimized work and storage space and provide more efficient insect specimen processing.