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Leaning on native bees amid the honey bee decline
September 30, 2014

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

bee-on-lavender-80PULLMAN, Wash. – As the decline of honey bee populations garners international attention, David Crowder and Eli Bloom are turning to a different breed of bees for pollination services.

Bee ‘shouts’ might evolve as more effective than ‘whispers’
July 7, 2014

Eavesdropping-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Let’s say you’re a bee and you’ve spotted a new and particularly lucrative source of nectar and pollen. What’s the best way to communicate the location of this prize cache of food to the rest of your nestmates without revealing it to competitors, or “eavesdropping” spies, outside of the colony?

Bee aware: Hive, honey tasting, displays visit WSU
February 7, 2014

Photos by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services

PULLMAN, Wash. – A “Bee Care Tour” by international Bayer chemical company kicked off at Washington State University Thursday with educational displays and presentations for the public, researchers, farmers and beekeepers.

Coordinating pollination for better crop, profits
August 14, 2013

Plastic sheets on test plots where alkali bees emerge.

PROSSER, Wash. – Huge, colorful plastic squares decorating a farm field in the Touchet Valley may look like works by environmental artist Christo, but they’re really part of an experiment to help producers of alfalfa seed realize higher profits.

Alfalfa farmers in the area produce seed yields that are twice the national average. The sheets are part of Washington State University research to better synchronize the timing of alfalfa blooming with the emergence of its chief pollinator, the native alkali bee. 


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