Research projects
Historical Background

Bee biology research is a part of the entomological research laboratories in the Department of Biology, the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University. In Thailand this branch of Zoology-Entomology came into being at the beginning of the teachers of Entomology at Department of Biology, Chulalongkorn University (1953).

European bees were introduced in the early 1940ís for research at Chulalongkorn University, but did not survive (Wanitwattana 1944). The first report of the introduction of Apis mellifera ligustica was that of Saman Wanakit (1953) at Kasetsart University, but they did not succed as an industry until early 1980ís

Bee biology research at Chulalongkorn University was started again in 1980. The first report of studies on honey bees and beekeeping in a rubber plantation located in Chantaburi Province (South Eastern Thailand) was published in 1983. A Bee Biology Research Unit was officially established in 1984 by Chulalongkorn University with the aim to assist the students, staff and research scientist to identify biological problems of the honey bees, the solutions of which will enhance economic development of the honey bee industry of publications and training programs and other activities within and outside Thailand.

After being the center of research in entomology and honeybee science and technology about two decades, BBRU was promoted by Chulalongkorn University to be the center of Excellence in Entomology: Bee biology, Biodiversity of Insects and Mites.



†To be the leading source of knowledge in Entomology, to provide extension services to public, and to develop researches and graduates in Entomology



Project Organization

The research project is presently organized into one common core coordinated by the center of excellence: Bee Biology, Biodiversity of Insects and Mites. Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University.
Graduate students majoring in Entomology in the Department of Biology, Chulalongkorn University, other Thai institutions, and exchange students from universities outside of Thailand are welcome to work in the Center of Excellence: Bee Biology, Biodiversity of Insects and Mites.
Center of Excellence
Bee Biology, Biodiversity of Insects and Mites


Bee Research Laboratory

Entomology and
Acarology Research Laboratory

- Develop a list of beeplants that depend, either in whole or in part, on being pollinated, to make propolis, and sticky bands in Thailand and Biodiversity of Asian honeybees and stingless bees.

- Describe the natural history of A. florea, A. andreniformis and Trigona spp. in Thailand.

- Determine of genetic variation on the defense mechanism base of A. florea, A. andreniformis and Trigona spp. stinging behavioral essay and determine if there is genetic differentiation and evolution among bee plants.

- Based on other finding, develop and test methods of providing bioactive compound (sticky band and propolis) by bio-asseys and analysis the bioactive compound.


- Diversity of aquatic and semi-aquatic bugs (suborder Heteroptera) at Thong Pha Phum Forest Area.

- Paratic and phoretic mites.

- Urban insect pest management.



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