Monday, May 5, 2014

New and Useful Environment Publications, April 2014

April’s new Environment publication is an important fact sheet addressing the issue of pesticide impacts on honey bees and other pollinators. Also revised or reviewed are publications on bat houses, invasive and introduced reptiles, ducks, and conservation pricing for water. Check out what people have been sharing this last month!



Environmental Stewardship

Minimizing Honey Bee Exposure to Pesticides

Protecting honey bees and other pollinators from pesticide impacts is important to the sustainability of agriculture. Consequently, pesticide applicators must determine if there is a clear hazard to managed or wild populations of bees. Potential exposure of bees to pesticides can vary greatly depending on the type of pesticide, formulation, application method, label restrictions, and other factors. The goal in using a pesticide is to achieve maximum benefit (success) with minimum negative impact, and these factors should always be considered in pesticide selection. This publication is written (1) to help assure the sustainability of both bees and agriculture by informing beekeepers, pesticide users, and the general public about the often complex relationship between pollinators (specifically bees) and pesticides, (2) to offer guidance for improved communication between beekeepers and pesticide users, (3) to offer pollinator risk-reducing strategies for growers and other applicators when using pesticides, and (4) to provide clarity in laws, labeling, and associated definitions. This 14-page fact sheet was written by J. D. Ellis, J. Klopchin, E. Buss, F. M. Fishel, W. H. Kern, C. Mannion, E. McAvoy, L. S. Osborne, M. Rogers, M. Sanford, H. Smith, P. Stansly, L. Stelinski, and S. Webb, and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, March 2014.


Recently Updated or reviewed:

·         Effective Bat Houses for Florida

·         Impact of Phosphorus on Water Quality

·         Introduced Reptile Early Detection and Documentation Training: Instructor Guide  

·         Pesticide Effects on Nontarget Organisms

·         Peanuts, Corn, And Other Cereal Grains Can Be Toxic to Wild Birds

·         Ducks of Florida

·         Florida Invader: Common Boa

·         Conservation Pricing for Residential Water Supply


What people are sharing:

·         Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in Honey Bees

·         Lovebugs in Florida

·         Identification of Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, and Poisonwood

·         The Benefits of Pollen to Honey Bees

·         The Cuban Treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) in Florida

·         Dealing with Snakes in Florida's Residential Areas -- Preventing Encounters



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