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POLLINATORS
Supplemental Forage
Ongoing research initiatives
Niño's team supports a number of stakeholder
groups through a number of educational activities
and by offering laboratory and field services. Niño's
research interests encompass basic and applied
approaches to understanding and improving honey
bee health.
Ongoing research projects include understanding
queen mating and reproductive processes, testing
novel biopesticides for efficacy against varroa
mites, benefits of nutritional supplements such
as probiotics and phytochemicals and evaluating
pollination management practices with a goal of
supporting honey bee health.
For more information about the research and
Extension outreach efforts, visit elninobeelab.
ucdavis.edu and cambp.ucdavis.edu.
To help support these efforts,
donations can be made by scanning
the QR code or by visiting the
website: give.ucdavis.edu/AENM/
EXN0005.
Habitat loss and particularly access to plentiful forage has
emerged as another impactful stressor. This is particularly
troubling since research shows that negative effects of many
of the above described stressors can be alleviated when bees
have access to optimal nutrition.
Prior research supports the idea that planting
supplemental forage within almond orchards can increase
production of brood which triggers higher numbers
of foragers flying out and pollinating, and have long
lasting beneficial impacts on colonies long after almond
pollination. A common concern by growers is the
supplemental forage will pull the bees away from their
intended crop target, but the research shows that this is
not the case5
.
Project Apis m. (projectapism.org) has a number of
resources for planting bee forage. Lastly, growers can
help further support bee health by providing access to
clean water sources, allowing easy access to beekeepers
to come in and manage colonies as needed, and allowing
bees to be released in a timely manner when the latest
blooming varieties are at 90% petal fall.
Disclaimer: Mention of any product or company does not
constitute an endorsement.
Elina L. Niño has a Ph.D. in entomology and is an associate
Extension specialist for Apiculture with UC ANR UCCE located
in the Department of Entomology and
Nematology at UC Davis.
References:
1. Tavares, Jane M., Villalobos, Ethel M.,
Wright, Mark G. (2015) Proceedings of
the Hawaiian Entomological Society 47:
35-49.
2. USDA - NASS (2023) Colony Loss Survey
and resulting Honey Bee Colonies report
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3. Sáez, A., Aizen, M.A., Medici, S. et
al. Bees increase crop yield in an
alleged pollinator-independent almond
variety. Sci Rep 10, 3177 (2020). doi.
org/10.1038/s41598-020-59995-0
4. Farina, W.M., Palottini, F., EstravisBarcala,
M.C. et al. Conditioning
honeybees to a specific mimic odor
increases foraging activity on a selfcompatible
almond variety. Apidologie
54, 40 (2023). doi.org/10.1007/s13592023-01019-7
5.
Ola Lundin, Kimiora L. Ward, Derek
R. Artz, Natalie K. Boyle, Theresa
L. Pitts-Singer, Neal M. Williams,
Wildflower Plantings Do Not Compete
With Neighboring Almond Orchards
for Pollinator Visits, Environmental
Entomology, Volume 46, Issue 3, June
2017, Pages 559-564.
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Editor's Letter
Precision pollination
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Pest Management
Data and novel technologies
A trusted name
Business
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