Location: Bee Research
Project Number: 1245-21000-090-01
Start Date: Sep 25, 2007
End Date: Sep 03, 2012
Crops that rent bees for pollination including watermelons, cucumbers, and other cucurbits will be the target crops for these studies. Honey bee colonies will be placed in test plots were specific pesticide regimes are administered and the nectar and pollen from these crops collected and analyzed for pesticide residues. Following documentation of the levels of exposure in the nectar and pollen, cage studies will be conducted that expose bees to these concentrations of pesticides in protein and or carbohydrates diets and longevity used to determine effects. Companion studies may be carried out in larger fields where whole colonies can be exposed under real-world situations and colony health monitored.