Canadian Research - Bees Delivering Pesticides

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  1. DMLinton

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  2. PerryBee

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    I saw that as well. Not too sure I would want to harvest any honey from a hive being used for that purpose, but if it works it's interesting.
     

  3. DMLinton

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    Not too sure about it myself Perry. The mechanism is that the bees have to walk through innoculum on the way out of the hive to forage. Thing is, they would have to walk through it on the way back in as well .... and track it all over the comb. On the upside, moving toward non-chemical pesticides for crop production has to be a good thing.
     
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    Unique! Honeybees are attracted to honeydew producing insects and then deliver a disease.
    This COULD be a win-win situation, similar to a pollen contract.
    Local (to me) farmers spray soybeans for aphids (whether there in bloom or not)!
     
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    Or a loose lose situation. Some honeys that are derived from honeydew are are prized for there flavor and aroma and killing these aphids will stop this flow. It could be detrimental to the unique taste your honey has.