central place foraging, bees' needs

5 February 2021

Many, many years ago, I was coordinating a federal honey bee selection project in Germany. There was a problem, though: The season doesn’t start at the same time in the whole country. To make the data comparable, we asked the beekeepers to start with their observations when the goat willow started to bloom. This was…

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uncertainty, Save the bees, Bee Diversity

8 January 2021

Over my winter break, I tried to recap this crazy year that 2020 has been. The pandemic was the dominant influence for everybody. I had some diffuse thoughts in my head, about parallels in different fields of research. Watching this brilliant video by Medlife Crisis, everything kind of fell into place. Dr Rohin Francis is…

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15 December 2020

How was your 2020? Most people will say that it was difficult, fearsome, or even disastrous. And it was. Most of my business plans for this year were void when it became clear that SARS-CoV-2 will cause a pandemic. In the first moment, I was shocked. BeeSafe lives the European idea – I travel a…

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managing pollinators, AES, pest control

28 November 2020

Most people would equate “managing pollinators” to beekeeping. Which means working with a managed pollinator, i.e. the Western honey bee, Apis mellifera. Which isn’t the meaning I’m referring to here. This month, we’ve been talking about agriculture and how it depends on pollination. I tried to clarify how much crop production depends on biodiversity, gave…

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flowering strips, AES

21 November 2020

Flowering strips seem to be a go-to when it comes to helping bees in farmland. They’re meant to be a countermeasure against the floral deficits because of intense agriculture. And of course, flowers and bees, they’re the perfect match, aren’t they? Yes, they are. However, you may already imagine that I’m not an unquestioning fan….

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silent hunger, Year of fruit and vegetables, pollinator limitation, crop production

14 November 2020

I think, most of us agree that pollination is an important ecosystem service. But is pollinator limitation a thing? Is pollination a limiting factor for crop production? Or are other factors like nutrients or crop pests more important for reduced crop yields? This isn’t easy to answer, the weight of different factors will be different…

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