Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol ResearchTitle: Acoustics of honeybee swarming
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/4/2018
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The western honeybee Apis mellifera is an important part of American agriculture well beyond the honey that it produces. It is the primary pollinator for commercial food production, from apples to almonds, cranberries, onions, sunflowers, and alfalfa hay. Pollinator-dependent crops make up more than 20% of total American agricultural production. Under modern pesticide and land use regimes, most honeybees are commercially raised, some by local apiaries, and others by migratory commercial beekeepers transporting hives to meet the need for pollinators during specific time windows when crops are in bloom. 60% of all American commercial bee colonies make their way to California’s Central Valley for almond pollination every year.