Southern SARE Articles

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Pollinators: Southern Region Resources on Honeybees, Native Bees and Alternative Pollinators

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This topic room includes a collection of educational materials, such as the following articles, multimedia, publications and websites, developed out of SARE-funded pollinator research for those interested in bees and beekeeping. Through these grant projects, farmers, researchers and conservation groups strive to protect pollinators in a number of different ways -- exploring the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees, breeding honeybees to strengthen their resistance to pests and diseases, protecting native bee habitats, and finding sustainable ways to incorporate alternative pollinators in fruit and vegetable production.

Biocontrol Methods for Protecting Honeybees Against Pests


Effective biocontrol methods proven alternatives to insecticides, based on Florida A&M study.

Finding a Fit for Native Pollinators in North Florida Sustainable Farm Management


University of Florida ecologists are studying how natural landscapes and on-farm vegetation contribute to native bee populations.

Looking for the Right Bee for Your Apple Orchards? Say Hello to the Native Mining Bee


Georgia Gwinnett College researchers say the mining bee is the perfect "apple bee."

Determining the Best Bee for Your Operation


North Carolina producer receives S-SARE grant to study bee stocks.

The Buzz on Alternative Pollinators in Vegetable Crop Production


With honey bee colonies continuing to decline, more producers are interested in adding alternative pollinators to the mix of their vegetable crop pollination systems.

Exploring Bumblebee Nesting Boxes for Low-Cost Crop Pollination, Species Diversity


University of Arkansas graduate student hopes to develop design recommendations.

Finding the Right Feed for a Sustainable Beekeeper and a Healthy Bee


A North Carolina beekeeping operation is exploring ways to improve honey production and crop pollination.

Virginia Beekeepers Successful in Rearing Local Honeybee Colonies


Hives started from nucleus colonies have a higher winter survival rate than package-started hives.

Artificial Nest Sites Boost Native Bees in Apple Orchards


Results promising for producers looking to native bee species to pollinate crops.

Native Bees of the Southeast Represented in New Website


Over 20,000 bee specimens -- and counting -- listed in new website developed by Georgia Gwinnett College.

Artificial Nesting Sites Attract Native Pollinators


Artificial nesting sites for pollinators placed in apple orchards have shown to boost native bee populations

Take Care to Manage Wetlands for Pollinators


University of Arkansas study found that many pollinator species that fed on plants in wetlands also visited adjacent crop fields as a supplemental food source.

Wildflowers Draw Native Pollinators to Georgia Apple Orchard, Yields Increase


Georgia farmer plants wildflowers in his apple orchard to draw native pollinators to his farm and see his yields increase 30 percent.


Resources from Other SARE Regions

North Central SARE

Enhancing Crop Yield through Wild Pollinators

Wild Pollinators

In this journal article, the authors argue for integrating the promotion of wild-insect species richness with single-species management to benefit farmers and society.

Wisconsin Bee Guide

WI Bee Guide

An online guide designed to help users identify wild bees commonly found in Wisconsin in the spring and early summer by their color, shape, size, and habitat.

Northeast SARE

IPM for Varroa Destructor in the Northeastern U.S.

IPM of Varroa Mite

This bulletin focuses on the management of the parasitic honey bee mite Varroa destructor. It contains information that will allow a beekeeper to: 1) identify V. destructor, 2) recognize the symptoms of mite infestation, 3) determine pest densities, and 4) implement an effective IPM program for keeping mite populations below the economic injury level.

Native Bees and Flowering Cover Crops

Small bee

A four-page bulletin on the benefits of improved bee habitat through cover cropping.

Western SARE

Managing for Wild Bees

Managing Wild Bees

Evaluating the ability of hedgerow restorations to augment hybrid sunflower pollination by the native bee community.

For more pollinator resources from across the country, visit the national SARE Learning Center.

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