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Bee Pollination in Agricultural Ecosystems$
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Rosalind James and Theresa L. Pitts-Singer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195316957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195316957.001.0001

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Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, and Biocontrol

Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, and Biocontrol

New Alliances Between Old Friends

(p.65) 5 Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, and Biocontrol
Bee Pollination in Agricultural Ecosystems

Peter G. Kevan

Jean-Pierre Kapongo

Mohammad Al-mazra'awi

Les Shipp

Oxford University Press

Pollinator Biocontrol Vector Technology is a novel application strategy using bees for the delivery of microbial control agents. This technology has been demonstrated for the control of seed set in weeds, suppression of plant diseases and control of insect pests. For this multi-disciplinary approach to be successful, many factors must be considered such as efficacy against the target pests, vector safety, formulation of the inoculum, inoculum dispenser design, and environmental and human safety. Pollinator Biocontrol Vector Technology is a new, reduced risk pest management tool that reduces pesticide use and improves crop pollination resulting in increased yield and crop quality.

Keywords:   Pollinator Biocontrol Vector Technology, honey bees, bumble bees, microbial control agents, pest control

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