Experts study how ‘wild’ bees help ‘managed’ bees

September 29, 2017

From: Daily Democrat

By Christine Souza, Ag Alert

After watching bees for hours to see how they travel in an almond orchard, researchers found that having native or wild bees present in combination with managed honeybees increases pollination. This concept of integrated crop pollination — or ICP — was one of many research projects presented to beekeepers at the 40th annual Western Apicultural Society conference at the UC Davis.


Bernardo Niño, staff research associate in the UCD Entomology and Nematology Department, described the Varroa mite as “the No. 1 pest of honeybees” for commercial beekeepers in California.

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