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Research Project: Determining the Impact of Common Pesticide Applications When Applied to Southern Row Crops on Managed Honey Bee Health

Location: Southern Horticultural Research

Project Number: 6062-21430-002-08
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 09, 2013
End Date: Sep 08, 2018

Objective:
The objective of this cooperative research is to profile certain pesticide residues from foliar and seed applications when applied to corn, cotton, and soybeans to ultimately develop better management decisions to minimize exposure to honey bees.

Approach:
Pesticide Trials with Soybean , Corn, and Cotton: The foliar applied treatments will include a non-treated control and various commonly labeled pesticides, including insecticides and fungicides, at recommended rates. Plant tissue samples will be collected from various plant structures to determine if residues are indeed present. These trials will located on the University of Arkansas Experiment Station property. Bees: Managed hives will be placed in proximity to these crops. Samples of bees, pollen loads, and stored pollen will be collected and analyzed for pesticide residues. Taxonomic identity of collected pollen will be determined. In addition, colony health of 16 managed hives will be monitored throughout the growing season using methods described at www.colonymonitoring.com. Plant Tissue and Bee Insecticide Analysis: All samples will be analyzed at the USDA, AMS, National Science Laboratory, Gastonia, NC.

Last Modified: 12/22/2014
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