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Extension Publications

Pollinators in Canola in the Pacific Northwest

Canola grown in the Pacific Northwest is a great food source for bees: bees then pollinate canola and increase canola yields!

Authors: Rae Olsson, Karen Sowers & David Crowder

The Asian Giant Hornet – What the Public and Beekeepers Need to Know

This overview will familiarize the reader with a basic understanding of the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia), the potential danger it poses, and what to do if they were to encounter the hornet.

Authors: Susan Cobey, Timothy Lawrence & Michael Jensen

Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Honey Bees

In this paper, the use of neonicotinoids and declines in honey bee populations is discussed. An overview of what is known about the relationship between neonicotinoid pesticides and honey bees is also explored.

Authors: Timothy Lawrence & Walter (Steve) Sheppard

2010 Washington State University Magazine

The Washington State University APIS Lab and its work to help Washington State Beekeepers maintain healthy honey bee colonies is featured in a short article in the Spring 2010 issue of Washington State University Magazine (Page 13-15)

Author: Eric Sorensen

Spotlight: Media Reports

Bots, bees and berries

A report on a field day that showcases new technologies aiming to boost blueberry production, including BeeHomes. BeeHomes, used for migratory beekeeping, are heat-based chambers to control varroa mite pressure.

Authors: Kate Prengaman & Tj Mullinax

Cold Rooms for Bee Work, Not Just Bee Storage

Bryan Ashurst of Ashurst Bee Company has been coming up with innovative ways to combat the skyrocketing outdoor temperatures in the desert between the Salton Sea and Mexico. Bryan uses cold storage as a venue for some of his spring and summer management, starting as early as the bees return from almond pollination.

Author: Kelly Kulhanek

Building a Better Bee

WSU Entomologists use bee semen collected from all around the world as part of breeding projects to improve genetics of honey bees.

Authors: Ross Courtney & Tj Mullinax