Standard methods for pollination research with Apis mellifera

publication date: Sep 1, 2013
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 52(4)
DOI
10.3896/IBRA.1.52.4.12
Date
September 2013
Article Title

Standard methods for pollination research with Apis mellifera

Author(s)

Keith S Delaplane, Arnon Dag, Robert G Danka, Breno M Freitas, Lucas A Garibaldi, R Mark Goodwin and Jose I Hormaza

Abstract

In this chapter we present a synthesis of recommendations for conducting field experiments with honey bees in the context of agricultural pollination. We begin with an overview of methods for determining the mating system requirements of plants and the efficacy of specific pollinators. We describe methods for evaluating the pollen-vectoring capacity of bees at the level of individuals or colonies and follow with methods for determining optimum colony field stocking densities. We include sections for determining post-harvest effects of pollination, the effects of colony management (including glasshouse enclosure) on bee pollination performance, and a brief section on considerations about pesticides and their impact on pollinator performance. A final section gives guidance on determining the economic valuation of honey bee colony inputs at the scale of the farm or region.

Keywords

COLOSS, BEEBOOK, honey bee, Apis mellifera, pollination, pollen load, pollen deposition, pollination efficacy, pollinator density, crop pollination metrics, pesticides, greenhouse, economic value

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