Research Proposal – EPS Versus Wooden Beehives
We first established our Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) beehives in our beekeeping operation in Australia in the spring of 2012. We started with 100 EPS 10 frame Langstroth beehives which we ran alongside our 160 traditional 10 frame Langstroth wooden beehives. To our surpise, the EPS colonies expanded quickly and by the end of the first season had produced 35% more honey than our wooden beehives. After more than three years of positive experience with operating EPS beehives in Australia, we are compelled to conduct this research.