Approximately three or four hives are required per acre.

BC Pollinators:

Practices Put to the Test By Ronda Payne Spring was an uncertain time for Lower Mainland blueberry growers. Reports that Alberta beekeepers wouldn’t send bees to the region had growers thinking yields would be greatly impacted. Frank Schimunek, farm manager with Honey Bee Centre, notes there aren’t enough beekeepers in …

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Being a Buzzkill: Threats to the Health of BC’s Bees

Cate Pedersen Without the actions of pollinators, two thirds of all flowering plants, and one third of the world’s food would disappear, but more investigation and education is needed to effectively support bee colonies and understand the complex issues that threaten bee health. Jeff Lee, owner of Honey Bee Zen …

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The Beauty of Sedum

Green Roofs & Food for Bees By Cate Pedersen Jake De Bruin, owner of BNC Ornamentals in the Lower Mainland, was certified as a landscaper in Holland. He learned about horticulture from a young age watching his family work in nurseries growing crops like tomatoes and peppers. “It always stays …

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Thermotherapy of the Varroa Mite

Hive Uses Sun to Destroy Parasite By Dr. Roman Linhart, Heřmanův Městec, Czech Republic It has been known for several decades that the parasitic mite Varroa destructor is very sensitive to increased temperatures. At temperatures just a few degrees higher than the optimum, the mite is no longer able to …

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Bee Vectoring: Pollination and Crop Protection

Cate Pedersen Lately, the buzz has been all about the bees—and with good reason. Climate change and pesticide use has been blamed for the decline of bee populations around the world. Scientists are in agreement across the board that the bee decline will have devastating effects on global food production. …

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