Jul 30, 2013
The Honey and Pollination Center showcases the importance of honey and pollination to the wellbeing of consumers through education and research. The Center works with all aspects of the beekeeping industry, including agriculture, grocers and chefs, beekeepers and future beekeepers, urban homesteaders and students.


"Becoming the world's leading authority on honeybee health, pollination, and honey quality."


Our Goals

  1. The Center optimizes university resources by coordinating a multidisciplinary team of experts in honey production, pollination and bee health. 
  2. Expand research and education efforts addressing the production, nutritional value, health benefits, economics, quality standards and appreciation of honey.
  3. Serve the various agricultural stakeholders that depend on pollination services.
  4. Help the industry develop informative and descriptive labeling guidelines for honey and bee related products to establish transparency in the marketplace.
  5. Elevate the perceived value of varietal honey to producers and consumers through education, marketing and truth in labeling with the end goal of increasing the consumption of honey.

What we do

The Center holds events designed to build awareness of pollination and bee health related issues. These include movies, courses and hands on events like our upcoming “Pollination Day”, april Picnic Day, April 12, 2014,  in the Good Life Garden.

When we think about honey and honeybees, our reaction is visceral! We love these little insects that fly about our yards and gardens. We know they go from flower to flower gathering nectar and pollen. And we know that the nectar they collect eventually becomes honey – that lovely sweet we drizzle into coffee or tea – across cheeses and fruits – onto our cereal.

The Read more about our ongoing activities like the development of a Master Beekeeping Program, the creation of the Honey Flavor and Aroma Wheel, click here!

What we need to learn: Honeybees are not our only pollinators. There is a huge number of wild bees. Some live in simpler social colonies, some are solitary. These bees are responsible for much of our world’s pollination. Butterflies, birds, bats and even monkeys are pollinators, too.

It is the job of the Honey and Pollination Center to help you learn about the magic of pollination.

  • Honey Tastings
    Reflecting the diverse flavors of Honey, the Center offers group tastings “Honeys Across America”. Regular tastings occur at Picnic Day at the University Campus, at the Robert Mondavi Sensory Theatre, and at various events in the Davis and Sacramento area. Honey tastings open our eyes to the diversity of floral sources – and honey flavors – that happen throughout the country from Florida Tupelo, through the Midwest and Sweet Clover, on to California Orange Blossom and Star Thistle right into the ocean with Hawaiian Lehua!
  • Educational Events
    The Center holds events designed to build awareness of pollination and bee health related issues. These include movies, courses and hands on events like our upcoming “Pollination Day”, april 12th in the Good Life Garden.
  • Sales of UCDavis Honey and Pollinator Notecards
    The Center has a delightful Northern California Wildflower Honey, light and delectable, reflecting the wonder of the fields of the area. The information on the back explains the history of the Bee biology facility and the University Farm that became UC Davis. Pollinator Notecards with magnificent photography by Kathy Keatley Garvey of the Entomology Department feature 8 different pollinators on eight different flowers. Information printed on the back of each card. Proceeds from these items helps fund the Center and its growing body of work. Everything is available at the University Bookstore and online.

History of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center

  • Fall 2011 - The Mondavi Institute held its first Honey Conference and the idea of an independent center was formed.
  • Winter 2011 - Meetings to define the center, establish initial goals, and to search for funding began.
  • Summer 2012 - The University accepted the proposal to establish the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.
  • October 2012 - Amina Harris is hired as the first Executive Director of the Center.
  • October 2012 - The Bounty of Pollination is the Center’s inaugural conference.

The Honey and Pollination Center’s Inaugural Day in October, 2012. We shared our excitement with Whole Foods, our founding industry partner, which opened in Davis the same week!

People of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center


Amina Harris
Honey and Pollination Center
Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
1023 Sensory Bldg.
392 Old Davis Rd.
Davis, CA 95616
Fax: 530-752-1080
Office: 530.754.9301

Mike Parella
Faculty Co-Chair
Professor and Chair Department of Entomology and Nematology

Allyson Mitchell

Alyson Mitchell
Faculty Co-Chair
Professor of Food Science and Technology

Liz Applegate
Senior lecturer in the Department of Nutrition, Director of Sports Nutrition at UC Davis, author and triathlete.

Ann Evans
Founder, Yolo County Slow Food, Farmers Market, Davis Farm to School Program, beekeeper, illustrator/author (with Georgeanne Brennan) of the Davis Farmer’s Market Cookbook. Visit Ann's Website.

Elina Nino

Elina Lastro Niño
Apiculture Extention and Research, Department of Entomology and Nematology


Mea McNeil
Writer for the American Bee Journal and Bee Culture Magazine, beekeeper, and farmer – from Marin.

Eric Mussen
Cooperative Extension Apiculturalist and member of the UC Davis Entomology Department, Eric is familiar to many through his presentations at California Bee Clubs and numerous conferences. His newsletter is widely read.

Lauren Routh
Relations Team Leader, Whole Foods Market.

Whole Foods Market provided the seed money to begin the Honey and Pollination Center when the Davis store opened in fall 2012. Kristen lives in Davis with her husband and enjoys the bounty of local producers and artisan foodmakers.

Neal Williams
Assistant Professor of pollination and bee biology at UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology. Much of his research focuses on sustainable pollination strategies for agriculture.

Vicki Wojcik
Research Program Manager at the Pollinator Partnership, Vicky is an optimistic ecologist who believes human populations and the natural world can coexist!

Advisory Members of the Honey and Pollination Center

Mani Niall
Mani recently opened Sweet Bar Bakery in Oakland. He has been a chef for Michael Jackson, worked with the National Honey Board and is the author of several cookbooks.

Randy Oliver
Scientific Advisor. Randy is a commercial beekeeper, writer and scientist. He contributes regularly to the American Bee Journal and has an active following on his blog and website.
In This Section

Although a relatively new Center, the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute strives to make an impact in its field. Use the links below to learn more about what the Center does.



Upcoming Events at the Center

  • January 27, 2016: World of Honey - Honey Tasting Series (California)
  • February 6, 2016: The Feast: A Celebration of Mead and Honey
  • February 8, 2016 - February 9, 2016: Continuing Mead Making--for Intermediate to Professional
  • February 10, 2016: Business of Mead Making
  • February 11, 2016: Mead Making continues with a tour of Rabbit's Foot Meadery
  • April 5, 2016: World of Honey - Honey Tasting Series (International)
  • April 16, 2016: Pollination Day (Picnic Day)
  • May 7, 2016: Bee Symposium


Other Campus Events

JAN 2016

January 10, 2015: Parasitoid Palooza II Open House (Bohart Museum)
January 13, 2015: "Topical RNAi for Pest and Pathogen Management.." - Seminar
January 13, 2015: Wednesday Walks with Warren (Arboretum)
January 20, 2015: "Cloning and Characterization of a Basic Cysteine.." - Seminar
January 23, 2014: Goat Day (Department of Animal Science)
January 27, 2015: "Challenges to the Management of Migratory Pests on the High Plains" - Seminar
January 31, 2015: Storytime Through the Seasons (Arboretum)


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