Varroa Mite Control Efforts Continue

Breanna Kendrick Pests, Pollinators, Research, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Varroa mites have been in the United States since 1987, but there's still not a good solution for controlling them. These mites impact honeybee colonies by feeding on the bees and vectoring viruses. The mites pass viruses around the colonies and make the bees very sick. Varroa control is tricky because the…

The Buzz on Hollow Heart

Breanna Kendrick Pollinators, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Breanna Kendrick A lot of watermelon growers have had to deal with hollow heart this season. It's not known for certain what causes hollow heart, but research is pointing toward pollination deficiency. Hollow heart is a separation of the cells in the flesh of the fruit, which causes a fissure to form. A fissure…

Concern Looms Over Georgia Blueberries

Abbey Taylor Berries, Pollinators, Top Posts

Despite some crop loss due to frost damage, it looks like Georgia blueberries will have a good season. However, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black says there is something else to be concerned about regarding Georgia’s blueberry crop. “I’ve learned that blueberry has a real problem with pollination,” he says. According to Black, Georgia experienced…

Alabama Beekeeping Symposium Date Set

Abbey Taylor Pollinators, Top Posts

The 23rd Annual Beekeeping Symposium will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center. Doors will open at 8 a.m. According to a press release from Alabama A&M University and Auburn University, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be hosting the event. The symposium will consist of a variety…

Urban Pollination Project: How Pollinators and People Can Coexist

Abbey Taylor Pollinators, Top Posts

National Pollinator Week was last week, marking the 10th year the Pollinator Partnership has designated a National Pollinator Week with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Pollinator week is meant to bring awareness to pollinators, and their importance to the environment and human lives. Bashira Chowdhury, a pollination ecologist with the Bee Biodiversity Initiative, works year-round…

Pollinator Partnership’s 10th Annual Pollinator Week

Abbey Taylor Pollinators, Top Posts

Pollinator Week 2017 is the tenth consecutive year of the program that unifies the nation around the vital issue of pollinator conservation. June 19 through 25 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior.   More than 160 events across North America have also been…

Alabama Initiative Creates a Buzz in the Southeast

Abbey Taylor Pollinators, Top Posts

Bees have been heavily researched in the West, but the Southeast is unknown territory to researchers. However, an initiative at Auburn University is working to shine some light on the Southeast and its bee biodiversity. Bashira Chowdhury, a pollination ecologist with the Bee Biodiversity Initiative, described the Southeast as, "a gigantic black hole" in regards…

Monsanto Surpasses Pollinator Habitat Goal

Josh McGill Pollinators, Top Posts

Monsanto announced it has reached milestones in two key aspects of its biodiversity program, including protecting species and promoting sustainable landscapes. Monsanto established 72 habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators at company sites across America. The number of those sites certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council doubled from 15 to 31 in the past…