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Pesticide Issues


The Pesticide Situation Part 5: Reinventing Nature

Contents Reinventing Nature. 1 Biopesticides (aka “biologicals”) 1 Resistant cultivars. 2 intensive agriculture. 4 Innovations in Mechanical Technology. 5 Agroecology and “regenerative agriculture”. 5 Resistance to change in a changing world. 7 Notes and citations. 8   The Pesticide Situation Part 5: Reinventing Nature Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First published in ABJ May 2019 In their […]

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Pesticide Situation Part 4

The Pesticide Situation: Part 4 Pesticide Resistance and Changes in Farming Practices Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in ABJ, April 2019 Although I’ve heard some activists call for a ban on all pesticides, the hard fact is that production agriculture, whether conventional or organic, will for the foreseeable future depend upon the application of plant […]

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The Pesticide Situation Part 3

The Pesticide Situation: Some Future Directions In Agriculture Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in ABJ, March 2019 Allow me to introduce this article with a disclaimer.  I do not claim to be a crop farmer nor pesticide expert.  But over the past decade, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to those with various points […]

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The Pesticide Situation Part 2

The Pesticide Situation: Part 2 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com   First Published in ABJ, February 2019   The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act requires that a pesticide will generally not cause any unreasonable risk to man or the environment — taking into account the economic, social, and environmental costs and benefits of the use of […]

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The Pesticide Situation

Contents The Earth’s Biosphere. 1 The human population. 2 Insect populations in general 2 Agriculture’s situation. 3 The value of pollinators. 4 Who is the real enemy?. 4 Our three choices. 4 The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. 4 Acknowledgements. 4 References. 4     The Pesticide Situation Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com   First Published […]

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The Case of Pristine® And The Dying Queen Cells – A Pesticide Mystery Solved?

First published in: American Bee Journal, March 2013

THE CASE OF PRISTINE® AND THE DYING QUEEN CELLS– A PESTICIDE MYSTERY SOLVED? First published in ABJ March 2013 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com A combination of cooperation between beekeepers and a pesticide company, good sleuthing, good science, and good luck may have solved the mystery of the dying queen cells. Let me walk you through the […]

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The Neonicotinoids: An Objective Assessment

The Neonicotinoids: An Objective Assessment Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com April 2018 (I wrote this article in response to a request following a presentation that I gave to the San Diego Master Gardeners. A revised version was later published by the University of California at http://ucnfa.ucanr.edu/files/280172.pdf) Everyone’s heard about the claim that honey bees are going extinct […]

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Effect of Amitraz on Buildup of Nucs

First published in: American Bee Journal, October 2014

Effect of Amitraz on Buildup of Nucs Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First published in ABJ October 2014 Introduction and Objectives I was surprised by the slow buildup and lack of drawing of foundation by the nucs in my 2013/14 Pollen Supp Trial. Although the colonies were started during a dearth, due to the near-continual feeding of […]

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Amitraz: Red Flags Or Red Herrings?

First published in: American Bee Journal, October 2014

Amitraz: Red Flags or Red Herrings? Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com Condensed version originally published in ABJ October 2014   CONTENTS A Potential Bombshell Narrowing In On Suspects Another Possible Correlation? The Correlation Over Time Spurious Correlations In Defense Of Amitraz Amitraz And Varroa A Change In The Works Beekeeping Diligence Safety To Humans Prevalence Of Amitraz […]

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Sick Bees Part 18F9: Colony Collapse Revisited – The Bee/Pesticide Problem Complex

First published in: American Bee Journal, January 2014

Sick Bees Part 18F9: Colony Collapse Revisited – The Bee/Pesticide Problem Complex Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in ABJ in January 2014 Examples Of Improved Technology The Transition The “Bee/Pesticide Problem Complex” Pesticide Hazard Quotients A More Relevant Figure? Wrap Up Acknowledgements Citations and Footnotes Part 1 In my lifetime I’ve witnessed a wholesale shift […]

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Sick Bees – Part 18F5: Colony Collapse Revisited – Synthetic Pesticides

First published in: American Bee Journal May 2013

Sick Bees Part 18f5: Colony Collapse Revisited Synthetic Pesticides First published in ABJ May 2013 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com Synthetic Pesticides Preadaptation Interactions Between Synthetic and Natural Toxins Toxicological Eras in Honey Bee Evolution The “Varroa Era” Conclusion Addendum: The Beekeepers’ Responsibility Acknowledgements References Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com OK, I hope that since explaining that bees have […]

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Sick Bees – Part 18F4: Colony Collapse Revisited – Environmental Toxins

First published in: American Bee Journal April 2013

Sick Bees Part 18f4: Colony Collapse Revisited Environmental Toxins First published in ABJ April 2013 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com New Chemicals in the Environment Fear of Chemicals – It Ain’t Just Pesticides Irrational Fear of “Chemicals” Manmade Chemicals General Environmental Pollutants Natural Elements Those Danged Bees! Poor Colony Survival Reality Check Acknowledgements References and Notes Randy […]

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Sick Bees – Part 18F3: Colony Collapse Revisited – Keeping A Leaky Boat Afloat

First published in: American Bee Journal March 2013

Sick Bees Part 18f3: Colony Collapse Revisited Keeping A Leaky Boat Afloat First published in ABJ March 2013 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com   the leaky boat analogy. 1 Why would bees collect toxic pollen?. 2 Almond pollen. 4 colony-to-colony variation. 5 bee genetics or gut endosymbionts?. 5 summary (so far). 6 Acknowledgements References   The Leaky […]

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Sick Bees – Part 18F2: Colony Collapse Revisited – Plant Allelochemicals

First published in: American Bee Journal February 2013

Sick Bees Part 18f2: Colony Collapse Revisited Plant Allelochemicals First published in ABJ February 2013 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com Nature Is Not Nice Toxic Pollen and Nectar Definitions Have You Ever Noticed Plant Toxic Effects? What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger An Unintended Effect on Varroa? Self Medication Tritrophic Interactions Bee Detoxification of Allelochemicals Acknowledgements […]

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Sick Bees – Part 18F1: Colony Collapse Revisited – Pesticides

First published in: American Bee Journal January 2013

Sick Bees Part 18f1: Colony Collapse Revisited Pesticides Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com Pesticides A Bit of History Nailing Down the Guilty Party Keep ’em Honest! Pesticides and CCD Making the Link Acknowledgements References As long as I’ve been keeping bees, one of our worst fears has been that we might suffer a serious pesticide kill.  Pesticides […]

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