Integrated Crop Pollination

What is Integrated Crop Pollination?

Integrated crop pollination is the combined use of multiple pollinator species, habitat augmentation, and crop management practices to provide reliable and economical pollination of crops. Pollinator species can include managed honey bees, alternative managed bees, and many different types of wild bees. Habitat augmentation refers to adding floral and nesting resources to farms (e.g. wildflower strip, meadows, and hedgerows). Crop management practices that support pollination include modifying pest management practices to reduce risks to pollinators, …

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Webinars and Seminars

A presentation at a honey bee conference. Credit:Zach Huang

      Researchers and other knowledgeable individuals commonly give presentations on their area of expertise, either at conferences or other smaller meetings. We try to record these seminars whenever possible to allow the widest audience for the presentation. Overtime some of the links to a seminar may be broken and unrecoverable, we will attempt to maintain an up-to-date list of our video content. Webinars and seminars that are recorded, archived online, and available

Pollination Security for Fruit and Vegetable Crops in the Northeast


Researchers work to make crop pollination sustainable in the Northeast


Editor:Philip Moore, The University of Tennessee
Last Edited: January 15, 2015

The pollinator security project was initiated in 2011 to address a gap in knowledge with respect to pollinator communities in northeastern cropland.

Reports of declining native pollinators, decreased availability of honey bee rental colonies, and general public misunderstanding led to the creation of this working group to produce a sustainable pollination strategy for stakeholders.

The goal is to …

Protecting Honey Bees During Corn and Soybean Planting Season

Field crops planting season is underway in the Midwest. Most of the annual crop acreage planted in North America this year will use neonicotinoid treated seed. Neonicotinoids are extremely toxic to honey bees, and recent research has suggested that honey bees that forage near these types of plantings may be at risk. The risk is greatest during the period while crops are being planted. Dr. Christian Krupke and Dr. Greg Hunt (Purdue Extension Entomology) will present an overview of the …

I have honey bees in a tree. Can I remove them and keep the bees?

When honey bees swarm, the old queen leaves the hive with most of the bees. They usually cluster on a limb of a tree for several days while scout bees search for suitable cavities to nest in. They actually “tell” other bees where the cavity is by dancing on the surface of the swarm. If enough bees start visiting the cavity, the swarm will take flight and move in to start making new honey comb for their nest. Problems arise …

ABRC2010 Drug Interactions Between In-hive Miticides and Fungicides in Honey Bees

The following was presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

17. Johnsonc, R., L. Petersc, B. Siegfriedd & M.D. Ellisc – DRUG INTERACTIONS BETWEEN IN-HIVE MITICIDES AND FUNGICIDES IN HONEY BEES – Beekeepers must often resort to using varroacides to reduce parasitic varroa mite populations in honey bee colonies. The utility of varroacides depends on honey bee tolerance of these pesticides at dosages that kill varroa mites. Honey bee tolerance of three commonly used varroacides – …

ABRC2010 Disinfection of Nosema ceranae Infected Comb by Irradiation Acetic Acid and Heat

The following was presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

24. Pernal, S.F., A. Ibrahim & A.P. Melathopoulos – DISINFECTION OF NOSEMA CERANAE-CONTAMINATED COMB BY IRRADIATION, ACETIC ACID FUMIGATION AND HEATNosema ceranae is an endoparasite first described from Apis cerana (Fries et al., 2006 Eur. J. Protistol. 32:356-365) that has subsequently spread to populations of Apis mellifera in Europe and throughout the world (Higes et al., 2006 J. Invertebr. Pathol. 92:93-95; Klee et …

ABRC2010 Effect of Transportation on Honey Bee Physiology

The following was presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

16. Huang, Z.Y., K. Ahn, J. Riddle & J. Pettis – EFFECT OF TRANSPORTATION ON HONEY BEE PHYSIOLOGY – Despite the requirement of long distance transportation of colonies for almond pollination, we understand little of the effects of the long distance transportation on bees. We conducted three trials to study the effects of transportation on honey bee physiology. For each trial, newly emerged bees from one …

ABRC2010 Effects of Varroa Mites and Bee Diseases on Pollination Efficacy of Honey Bees

The following was presented at the 2010 American Bee Research Conference in Orlando, FL.

1. Afik, O., W.B. Hunter & K.S. Delaplane – EFFECTS OF VARROA MITES AND BEE DISEASES ON POLLINATION EFFICACY OF HONEY BEES – Varroa mites and viral diseases are known to affect the efficiency of crop pollination by honey bees through the elimination of colonies, but only limited information exists on their influence on pollination at sub-lethal levels on the individual bee (Ellis & Delaplane, 2008 …