biohoneybeepresentation - Intro/Background - Apismellifera...

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Intro/Background - Apismellifera aka Honey bees - Currently, there are only seven recognized species of honey bees - our nation's most active and important pollinator - the most economically valuable pollinators of agricultural crops worldwide - Bee pollination involved in 1/3 of US diet -“People don't realize that one out of every three bites we take is due in part to the honey bees' hard work in pollinating crops” - Monetary value of crops pollinated by honeybee is $14.6 billion - Effect of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) upon U.S. agriculture and the economy, as well as the ways in which these important creatures can be helped. - Some winter losses are normal, and because the proportion of colonies dying varies enormously from year to year, it is difficult to say when a crisis is occurring and when losses are part of the normal continuum. What is clear is that about one year in ten, apiarists suffer unusually heavy colony losses. Conservation strategies - biodiversity Resource management efforts -Without honey bees, we wouldn't have many of the fruits and vegetables we all enjoy every day. - the trucking of bees for high quality pollen Habitat conservation - level of stress in adult bees (e.g., transportation and confinement of bees, overcrowding, or other environmental or biological stressors Many crops cause nutritional stress to the bees, or the transport or staging of colonies in holding yards may cause stress. When bees are moved out of these crops, they must feed on high quality pollen to restore body protein levels. This can be achieved by trucking the bees to a location with excellent floral resources or by feeding them. Presumably this is not always done. Anecdotal evidence suggests that CCD is more common in businesses in which bees are trucked large distances and rented for pollination. Bees also need to feed on high-quality pollen in fall in order to produce long-lived bees that can survive winter. Wildlife population control.
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