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Orchard Bee Association meets Dec. 9 in Hood River

November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

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The Orchard Bee Association is meeting Dec. 9 in Hood River, Oregon.

Here’s their announcement:
People who

  • Andony Melathopoulos, OSU Extension pollinator specialist watching honey bees.

Canadian bee expert joins OSU

September 30th, 2016|0 Comments

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Oregon State University has hired an expert on bee pollinators to fill a new extension

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Bee health studies examine neonicotinoid risks

August 19th, 2016|0 Comments

WSU trial finds “very low risks,” while England study shows bee species suffer from the pesticide.

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No bees, but a lot of buzz about artificial pollination (video)

March 25th, 2016|2 Comments

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Pollination comes with problems. Bloom dates don’t overlap, honeybee colonies fail, weather doesn’t cooperate. The

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6 tips for healthier bees

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Beekeeper offers tips for healthy bees, hearty pollination.

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Looking for new pollinizers

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

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For decades, apple growers have used Manchurian crab apples to pollinate their fruit.

The crab apples

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Testing string theory

March 16th, 2016|3 Comments

Hand-held string thinners are gaining in popularity.

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Are fall-blooming apples curiosity or concern?

January 28th, 2016|1 Comment

Growers can curb ill-timed blooms caused by weather patterns.

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Domesticating mason bees

December 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Mason bees are being propagated to supplement honeybees.

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More bees lost in summer than winter

July 13th, 2015|0 Comments

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Twenty-three percent of managed honeybee colonies were lost during the past winter, according to the

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Take the guesswork out of thinning

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

A predictive model enables growers to be in a planning mode rather than a crisis mode at chemical thinning time.

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Precision pollination

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Mechanical pollination could end use of chemicals or hand labor for thinning.

Bees as flying doctors

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Honeybees deliver brown rot control to sweet cherry orchards.

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Breeding better bees

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

WSU researchers hope to make honeybees more resilient by introducing genetic diversity.

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Research tackles decay issue

October 15th, 2014|0 Comments

A new project will focus on controlling decay and finding pollinizers that are not disease hosts.

Selenium is toxic to bees

March 26th, 2014|0 Comments

Entomologists from the University of California, Riverside, have found that selenium can cause delays in development and mortality in honeybees.

Best practices for pollination

March 25th, 2014|2 Comments

Six practices to help ensure successful pollination.

Bees are driving pesticide decisions

March 25th, 2014|1 Comment

The desire to protect bees is becoming institutionalized.

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Mechanical thinning can damage spurs, leaf tissue and flowers

March 25th, 2014|0 Comments

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Mechanical thinning looks like a ­promising technique for reducing the amount of labor-intensive hand thinning

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Bee renting tips

March 19th, 2014|1 Comment

Smith helps growers and beekeepers come together agreeably

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How bad things in the environment gang up and kill bees

March 19th, 2014|1 Comment

The synergistic effect of pesticides in hives.

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Is there a better crab apple pollinizer?

March 19th, 2014|0 Comments

No research is under way to evaluate pollinizers to replace Manchurian crab apple.

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Pollen tube growth model makes thinning more precise

March 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Blossom-time apple thinning model explored for eastern growers.

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Bees live in a toxic world

March 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Planting more flowers would help solve honeybee decline.

More food for honeybees

February 28th, 2014|0 Comments

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Landowners in the upper Midwest have until March 21 to apply for assistance under a

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Managing crab apple diseases

February 18th, 2014|2 Comments

Crab apple disease management starts in the orchard with pruning.

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Michigan’s Expo draws record crowd

December 13th, 2013|0 Comments

Speakers focus on threats to bees, funds for experiment stations, and fruiting walls.

Bee Informed Partnership

March 15th, 2012|0 Comments

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After five years of annual colony losses near or above 30 percent, beekeepers have settled

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Safe havens for pollinators

March 15th, 2012|0 Comments

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A bumblebee finds nectar in a wildflower planting.
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Fruit

Three keys to successful pollination

March 15th, 2012|0 Comments

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Queen bees lay eggs singly in cells of the honeycomb. After the eggs hatch, worker

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On a FasTrack

November 1st, 2011|0 Comments

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Horticulturist Ralph Scorza pollinates plum flowers while geneticist Ann Callahan measures sugar content and molecular

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Beauty with benefits

May 1st, 2011|0 Comments

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David James

Restoring native sagebrush steppe habitat in and near vineyards and wineries in central Washington

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New treatment against CCD

March 15th, 2011|0 Comments

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Remebee is easily administered—mixed into heavy bee syrup and fed in one feeding of one

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Understanding cherry fruit set

March 15th, 2011|0 Comments

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Researchers, with the help of electron scanning microscopes, can view cherry reproductive organs, like this

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Beekeepers fear loss of forage

March 15th, 2011|0 Comments

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The purple spotted knapweed flower is attractive to bees and a good nectar producer: However,

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Skimping on bees can be risky

March 15th, 2011|0 Comments

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The strength of a bee colony is important, but it is difficult to assess without

Pollination role of native bees studied

March 15th, 2011|0 Comments

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The price tag for renting honeybees for apple pollination, just $35 per hive a few

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Keep hives warm and dry

March 15th, 2011|0 Comments

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Placing beehives in a good location in the orchard is one of the keys to

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Invite the whole community

December 1st, 2009|0 Comments

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Mason bee nests in the orchard of Robert Schreiber at Poysdorf, Austria, pictured during an

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Cultivating beneficials

December 1st, 2009|0 Comments

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Mike Omeg checks for beneficial insects in goldenrod plants in an insectary alongside a Regina

Good to Go

August 1st, 2009|0 Comments

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Honeybee health
Honeybee specialists and native pollinator experts from around the country will discuss bee health