Category Archives: Pollination

Freeloading Honeybees

Blooming citrus trees provide good amounts of high-quality nectar. Thus, beekeepers like to locate their hives near groves when either honey production and/or a rest from pollinating duties is desired. However, most types of citrus don’t need any help from … Continue reading

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Calif. regs allow beekeeping near citrus groves

California growers of mandarin oranges are disappointed by a state agency’s proposed regulations that don’t force commercial bee hives to stay away from their groves. Read More

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Farmers may face beehive fees in NZ

At present farmers don’t pay for pollination, but if honey prices remain flat while the number of wild bees diminishes, apiarists may have to charge for their hive services, says Marlborough apiarist Darren Clifford. Read More

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California: Mandarin Grower: “Don’t Blame the Bees”

A local grower responded to the growing debate between California tangerine growers and its nearby beekeepers. Recently, growers near Fresno said the bees have been trespassing, cross-pollinating between the seeded and seedless variety of citrus fruit in nearby orchards. Read … Continue reading

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Bees Essential for Biodiesel

Pollinators are vital to agriculture yet are often taken for granted. The number of pollinators has been steadily declining, a dismal prospect that could have unexpected consequences for oilseed crop production and bioenergy as a whole. Read More

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Fewer bees, but still enough pollination

An international study of the number of bees and other pollinators has found that, so far, their worldwide decline isn’t limiting crop yields. Read More

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International Pollinator Conference Highlights Importance of Bees

Numbers of bees, birds and other pollinating animals are declining, posing a threat to the survival of thousands of plants used for food, fibers and medicines, according to scientists and government officials at the eighth annual international conference of the … Continue reading

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Bees let Ord farmers down

Yields from a number of sunflower and melon crops in Western Australia’s Ord Valley have been slashed due to a lack of bees showing up to pollinate. Read More

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Global bee population decline not nearly as bad as it seems

The global decline of bee populations is said to have dramatic consequences for our food production. Research now shows that agriculture is largely unaffected by this phenomenon. Read More

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Antioxidants boost blueberry demand

Growers frequently hire beekeepers to bring in honeybee hives to improve the cross-pollination they would get if they just relied on wild bees. Read More

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