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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: The Logan Beemail Shelter: a Practical, Portable Unit for Managing Cavity-Nesting Agricultural Pollinators

Author
item Cane, James

Submitted to: American Bee Journal
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: June 1, 2006
Publication Date: July 1, 2006
Citation: Cane, J.H. 2006. The Logan Beemail Shelter: a practical, portable unit for managing cavity-nesting agricultural pollinators. American Bee Journal. 146(7):611-613.

Interpretive Summary: An affordable, durable, portable nesting shelter will be useful to manage cavity-nesting bees for agricultural pollination. A design is described here that is assembled from commercially available components. It has been successfully used during field experiments with the alfalfa leaf-cutting bee and several species of solitary-nesting bees. In a 4-year field study with commercial cane fruits pollinated by one such bee, the shelters have proven to be quick to deploy, convenient to store, long-lasting, wind-resistant, and effective for excluding the frequent rains of northwest Oregon.

Technical Abstract: An affordable, durable, portable nesting shelter will be useful to manage cavity-nesting bees for agricultural pollination. A design is described here that is assembled from commercially available components. It has been successfully used during field experiments with the alfalfa leaf-cutting bee and several species of Osmia bees. In a 4 year field study with commercial cane fruits pollinated by the bee Osmia aglaia, the shelters have proven to be quick to deploy, convenient to store, long-lasting, wind-resistant, and effective for excluding the frequent rains of northwest Oregon.

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