Beekeeping for Extension Agents: Fundamentals,...

Beekeeping for Extension Agents: Fundamentals, Crop Pollination and Pest Management

Beekeeping for Extension Agents: Fundamentals, Crop Pollination and Pest Management

Honey bees have been managed by humans for thousands of years, primarily as a source of honey. Today we know that honey bees are most valuable as pollinators of many important crops. Unfortunately, over the past two decades beekeeping has become more difficult and expensive as several new pests have emerged. Agricultural educators should be kept informed on the most recent advances in honey bee pest management.

This publication from the University of Tennessee provides an update on the tools and techniques for managing honey bee pests with an emphasis on the Varroa mite, as well as basic information on honey bee biology and beekeeping, and the role of honey bees in crop pollination. The information reflects conditions in the Southeast U.S. and exact timing of events and manipulations can vary based on local weather conditions.

Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) ES03-069, Training Educators to Protect Honeybee Pollinators with Sustainable Pest Management .

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.