Honey bees, Insecticides, Toxicity
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Rapeseed could provide beekeepers in Western Australia with a valuable new honey crop—hut insecticidal spraying of rape at flowering time is a potentially serious threat to most commercial beekeepers.
There are indications that insect pollination may improve rapeseed yields, so both growers and beekeepers could gain from a co-operative approach to the problem. Spraying after sundown and preventing spray drift to nearby apiaries should avoid most losses.
Kessell, A C.
"Effect on bees of insecticides used on rape,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 13:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://library.dpird.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol13/iss3/6