Reliable and Effective Use of Managed Bees for Canola Pollination

Researcher: Shelley Hoover, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry; Steve Pernal, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Beaverlodge; Ralph Cartar, University of Calgary, Andony Melathopoulos, University of Oregon

Project Code: CARP CCC 2014.1

Final Report: March 2017

Summary: The abundance of pollinators in canola fields have the potential to boost yields and improve seed quality. Researchers and industry are interested in understanding pollination efficiency and economic value, how to optimize managed bees for canola hybrid-seed production and to learn more about bee behavior and health and contributions of other pollinators. Through a three-year field study in Alberta, several surveys and experiments were conducted to investigate the impact of pollinators on canola yield and pollination efficacy, and to generate a better understanding of bee behaviour. Overall, the various trials showed that managed pollinators benefit commodity and hybrid canola seed production, yields and quality at the same time as providing economic benefits to beekeepers through pollen and honey production.

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