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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: THE COSTS OF FOLLOWING THE BLOOM-NUTRIENT PROCESSING, MICROBIAL DYNAMICS, AND COLONY HEALTH IN A MIGRATORY BEEKEEPING OPERATION

Location: Honey Bee Research

Project Number: 5342-21000-015-12
Project Type: Trust

Start Date: May 01, 2010
End Date: May 31, 2012

Objective:
1. Evaluate the performance of selected colonies during pollination of different crops in a migratory beekeeping operation. 2. Examine colony nutrient processing of forage collected from crops of varying nutritive value. 3. Compare levels of known beneficial and pathogenic colony microbes during pollination of different crops. 4. Determine exposure of commercial colonies to chemical treatments encountered during pollination. 5. Characterize the microbial communities associated with colonies during pollination of different crops in a migratory beekeeping operation.

Approach:
Examine nutrient processing , pesticide exposure, microbial communities, and colony performance in selected colonies over an entire migratory pollination season. Documents Trust with National Honey Board. Log 41650.

Last Modified: 9/2/2014
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