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Good to Know: 2019 Pacific Northwest cherry research funding

May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

More than $930,000 provided for 20 different research projects.

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Grants promote pollinator habitat

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Program aims to improve habitat for native pollinators and beneficial insects.

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New technology explores pollination automation

March 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Israeli tech company working to develop automated pollination.

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Researchers look to fungi to help keep honeybees healthy

March 21st, 2019|1 Comment

New research explores two very different fungi that could knock out the varroa mite and boost bees' immunity.

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Orchardists testing bee-attractant paste

March 21st, 2019|1 Comment

Yakima, Washington, start-up markets potent lure to boost pollination.

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Researcher spins off pollen suspension

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

WSU researcher licenses pollen suspension while continuing electrostatic research.

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Pollination calculation: Every bee counts

March 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Online tool helps growers assess how much pollination they get from wild bees.

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Acclaimed honeybee geneticist receives UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award

January 29th, 2019|0 Comments

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Internationally acclaimed honeybee geneticist and University of California, Davis alumnus Robert E. Page Jr. is

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Mid-Atlantic blueberry growers wanted for survey

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

The survey takes about 2 to 3 minutes and is available for blueberry growers until Sept. 1.

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The new buzz for blossoms

July 30th, 2018|1 Comment

Drones won’t replace bees for pollination, but they may help.

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Trees without fruit, pollination without bees

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Pollen company joins Washington State University researcher to try planting a pollen-only orchard.

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Protect pollinators while managing diseases

March 27th, 2018|0 Comments

The fungicides needed to control bloom time disease aren’t as harmless to bees as previously thought.

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A better bee? Blue orchard bees show promise as pollinators

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Study shows potential for employing blue orchard bees as pollinators in tart cherries. What about other crops?

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Bees may do better being kept in the dark

March 26th, 2018|0 Comments

CA storage could give bees an edge in the fight against the devastating Varroa mite.

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Hive hauling worries

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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The federal government has granted truckers who haul live animals, including honeybees destined for tree

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GLExpo Day 3 wrap: using plant growth regulators for flowering, fruit set, and other aspects of physiology

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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Things were a little quieter on the final day of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable

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GLExpo Day 1 wrap: pests, pollinators and soil microbes

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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For tree fruit growers, the first day of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm

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Bee haulers get delay in complying with new federal rules

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

The federal government has granted truckers who haul live animals, including honeybees destined for tree fruit pollination duty, a 90-day reprieve from enforcement of electronic logging device requirements.

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The global fire blight fight

September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Belgian researchers at pcfruit are examining biocontrols and detection methods for fire blight.

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Mite threatening honeybees in New York

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

A tiny mite is being blamed for major honeybee losses in New York, threatening the state’s $500 million agriculture industry.

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Grower says bloom thinning by hand gets the results he wants

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Let hands take hold

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Help for blossom thinning

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Better crop management models available for Honeycrisp, Granny Smith and Red Delicious.

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Researcher convinced he can replace honeybees

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

WSU horticulturist secures three more years of funding for mechanical pollination research.

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Fighting honeybee decline with instrumental insemination — Video

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

WSU researchers hope to breed better bees

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A new, old bee

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

From high in the Tien Shan Mountains of Central Asia, Washington State University entomologists Steve Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins have brought home semen from a new strain of honeybees that evolved right alongside the wild apple tree.

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How busy are your bees?

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

New model will predict pollinator efficiency and fruit set.

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What wildflowers are best to attract bees?

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Michigan State University pollination study reveals best attractants for bees that you may want to plant near your trees.

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Discussion in Seattle March 29: Exploring how mushrooms can help bees survive

February 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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Can the mushroom hold a key to survival of honeybees?

That topic is the focus of a

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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

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Canadian bee expert joins OSU

September 30th, 2016|1 Comment

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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|4 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|3 Comments

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|10 Comments

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.