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Bee Experts Provide Answers on the
Internet By Marcia Wood
January 2, 2002
Got a question about honey bees? Now you can send your questions
by computer to honey bee experts at the Agricultural Research Services
Carl Hayden Bee Research Center
in Tucson, Ariz. The centers researchers, who are international
authorities on honey bees, will reply via Internet in about 24 hours, according
to entomologist Gloria
This new Internet service, free to the public, is called,
Forum on Honey Bees. It lists a wide range of frequently asked
questions, along with answers from scientists. Examples include: What
should I do if I find Africanized honey bees nesting on my property?,
How do I keep honey bees out of my swimming pool?, and How
can I get started keeping bees?
In addition, the Forum also has answers to questions about
beekeeping as a hobby or profession, crop pollination, honey bee biology and
research conducted at the center.
A special category called Student Forum on Honey
Bees gives kindergarten through 12th-grade students the opportunity to
use pre-existing questions as a template to help develop new questions on their
Users will play a key role in expanding this state-of-the-art,
user-friendly, electronic question-and-answer service, according to
DeGrandi-Hoffman. Each question answered by center experts will be kept in a
database. That way, answers to subsequent similar inquiries will be available
to anyone, anytime day or night, seven days a week. Whats more, when new
information becomes available, the laboratory staff will review and update old
answers on the Forum.
Expert Forum on Honey Bees is part of the Hayden
Centers award-winning web site at:
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agricultures chief scientific research agency.