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Research Project: Managing Honey Bees Against Disease and Colony Stress

Location: Bee Research Laboratory

Title: Found in Translation: Food security for honey bees

item Evans, Jay

Submitted to: Bee Culture
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/10/2021
Publication Date: 3/10/2022
Citation: Evans, J.D. 2022. Found in Translation: Food security for honey bees. Bee Culture. 2:24-25.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Honey bees provide humans with food security. What does it take to ensure nutritious and safe food for their own livelihoods? Bee fans from an early age know honey bees and other pollinators require pollen and nectar from flowering plants. From there it is intuitive that the abundance and nutritional quality of both will translate into better colony growth and reproduction. What is still debated is how to achieve quality and quantity at the landscape level, given competing bees and competing interests. One long-running effort to address this debate at a practical level has been made by U.S. government and University scientists working with land managers and beekeepers in the Northern Great Plains region of the U.S. This region in the eastern halves of North and South Dakota and extending East and South into Minnesota and Iowa, includes vital bee grounds for a third of U.S. honey bee colonies.