Category Archives: Pollination

Apples and pears at risk in UK

British apples and pears are under threat because of a dramatic decline in honeybee numbers, experts have warned. Read More

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Beekeepers suspect pesticide in hive deaths

Los Banos beekeeper Gene Brandi made a decision last year that cut into his bottom line, but he thinks it may ensure the survival of his bees. He will no longer allow his bees to pollinate watermelon crops – no … Continue reading

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Hand-pollination replaces bees in Sichuan

For 3,000 years, farmers in China’s Sichuan province pollinated their fruit trees the old-fashioned way: they let the bees do it. Flowers produce nectar that attracts bees, which inadvertently transfer sticky grains of pollen from one flower to another, fertilizing … Continue reading

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Ore. researcher hopes dye attracts bees to fields

Oregon State University researchers hope that a fluorescent dye can attract more native bumblebees to farm fields to replace declining honeybees and boost the numbers of an insect essential to agriculture. Read More

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Bad year for blueberry growers

Pollination of berry crops is taking place right now, however, a growing number of fields – and a decreasing number of bees – spells a bad year for berries, officials fear. Read More

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Farmers look at native pollinators

After an entomologist dug it up from its comfy underground home overlooking a cherry orchard, the longhorn bee was placed in a tiny glass vial and passed among a crowd of curious onlookers. To the orchardists, university extension agents and … Continue reading

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Farmers learn what it takes to attract native bees

After an entomologist dug it up from its comfy underground home overlooking a cherry orchard, the longhorn bee was placed in a tiny glass vial and passed among a crowd of curious onlookers. To the orchardists, university extension agents and … Continue reading

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Apple growers feel sting of mysterious honeybee loss

Colonies of honeybees died across the region this winter, a year after the first national reports of a mysterious bee-killing phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. Read more

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A Busy Little Parasite

Pinhead-sized bee mite threatens Hawaii’s $500 million agriculture industry Read more

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Whew! Almond Pollination Going OK

That collective sigh of relief you hear is coming all the way from the Central Valley in California, starting in Bakersfield stretching all the way to San Francisco. Read more

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