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Extension Publications

Pollinators in Canola in the Pacific Northwest

Authors: Rae Olsson, Karen Sowers & David Crowder

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

Authors: Susan Cobey, Timothy Lawrence & Michael Jensen

Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Honey Bees

Authors: Timothy Lawrence & Walter (Steve) Sheppard

A Citizen Science Guide to Wild Bees and Floral Visitors in Western Washington

Authors: Elias Bloom, Rae Olsson, & David Crowder

Megachilid Bees in the Pacific Northwest: An Introduction

Authors: Samantha Roof & Sandra DeBano

Washington Bumble Bees in Home Yards and Gardens

Authors: David Pehling & Jenny

An Introduction to Cavity-Nesting Bees in the Puget Sound Region

Authors: Elias Bloom, Rae Olsson, Emily Wine, Robert Schaeffer, & David Crowder


Spotlight: Media Reports

WSU researcher finds promise in pollinators that aren’t bees

While bees are undoubtedly more efficient pollinators, thanks to feather-like hairs encircling their bodies, a recently published study out of WSU found that more than a third of the insects visiting flowers were not bees, and may have a significant part to play in transporting pollen from plant to plant.

Authors: Scott Jackson

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

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