The Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL) is housed within the Entomology & Nematology Department at the University of Florida. The HBREL is located directly east of Steinmetz Hall on UF's campus.

1881 Natural Area Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 273-3969

Welcome to the new UF Bee Lab!

New honey bee reseearch and education facilities

As of summer 2018, the HBREL operates out of the brand new honey bee research and education facilities on UF's campus. The new HBREL facilities are comprised of three buidlings.

  1. The main building houses the lab's faculty, staff, and student offices, a conference/break room, a teaching classroom, a research laboratory, and a honey bee observation hive room.
  2. A large, covered pavilion is located in the HBREL apiary and is used for honey bee events and instruction.
  3. The third building is the Gainesville headquarters of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Apiary Inspection team as well as a workshop and storage shed, a state-of-the-art honey extraction facility, and a beekeeper museum.

*Please note all visitors must check in with the department secretaries at Steinmetz Hall and receive parking passes to park at the Bee Lab. The secretary will then contact the personnel you wish to visit.

Bee Biology Research Unit

Off-Campus Lab and Apiary

The Bee Biology unit is an off-campus unit located just south of the university’s main campus in Gainesville. At the Bee Biology Research Unit (a.k.a. the ‘Bee Unit’), we typically house between 50-100 hives, run various native and honey bee research projects, store beekeeping equipment, and teach classes about beekeeping. The Bee Unit is also the main laboratory and office space for the Integrated Crop Pollination field team.

Bee Biology Research Unit
2895 SW 23rd Terrace
Gainesville FL, 32611

*Please note, the Bee Biology Research Unit is a private facility and is open to non-research staff by appointment only.

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