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Weight Watching and the Effect of Landscape on Honeybee Colony Productivity: Investigating the Value of Colony Weight Monitoring for the Beekeeping Industry.

Lecocq A, Kryger P, Vejsnæs F, Bruun Jensen A - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: Over the last few decades, a gradual departure away from traditional agricultural practices has resulted in alterations to the composition of the countryside and landscapes across Europe.Once this was carried out, we were able to show that colonies situated in landscapes composed of more than 50% urban areas were significantly more productive than colonies situated in those with more than 50% agricultural areas or those in mixed areas.As well as exploring some of the potential reasons for the observed differences, we discuss the value of weight monitoring of colonies on a large scale.

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Affiliation: University of Copenhagen, Department of Plants and Environmental Sciences-PLEN, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark.

ABSTRACT
Over the last few decades, a gradual departure away from traditional agricultural practices has resulted in alterations to the composition of the countryside and landscapes across Europe. In the face of such changes, monitoring the development and productivity of honey bee colonies from different sites can give valuable insight on the influence of landscape on their productivity and might point towards future directions for modernized beekeeping practices. Using data on honeybee colony weights provided by electronic scales spread across Denmark, we investigated the effect of the immediate landscape on colony productivity. In order to extract meaningful information, data manipulation was necessary prior to analysis as a result of different management regimes or scales malfunction. Once this was carried out, we were able to show that colonies situated in landscapes composed of more than 50% urban areas were significantly more productive than colonies situated in those with more than 50% agricultural areas or those in mixed areas. As well as exploring some of the potential reasons for the observed differences, we discuss the value of weight monitoring of colonies on a large scale.

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The Capaz scale before installation.The Capaz hivescale is an H-shaped platform made from aluminium and stainless steel, with the dimensions 420 x 480 x 86 mm (long x wide x high). Data are transmitted by cell phone. The rechargeable battery (12 V) lasts for 200 days. Ambient temperature and humidity are measured by default. Additional equipment is the rain collector and brood temperature sensor. Changes of the standard setup of the scale are done via the computer software. Photo: Capaz.
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pone.0132473.g001: The Capaz scale before installation.The Capaz hivescale is an H-shaped platform made from aluminium and stainless steel, with the dimensions 420 x 480 x 86 mm (long x wide x high). Data are transmitted by cell phone. The rechargeable battery (12 V) lasts for 200 days. Ambient temperature and humidity are measured by default. Additional equipment is the rain collector and brood temperature sensor. Changes of the standard setup of the scale are done via the computer software. Photo: Capaz.

Mentions: The Capaz hive scale is a 420 x 480 x 86 mm platform made of aluminium and stainless steel (Fig 1). The scale can weigh up to 200 kg with a precision of 100 grams. Weight (mass), ambient temperature, humidity are measured by default. At the end of each day the data from the Capaz scales were sent by a cell phone, as an SMS which was then converted to an email and read by software, which stores and manages the data [27]. Weight records were collected at two hours intervals, with the first record at 6:00 and the last one at 22:00 for each day. All the data used in this study, and further records are available directly from www.stadevægt.dk and www.mybees.buzz and exportable to Excel.


Weight Watching and the Effect of Landscape on Honeybee Colony Productivity: Investigating the Value of Colony Weight Monitoring for the Beekeeping Industry.

Lecocq A, Kryger P, Vejsnæs F, Bruun Jensen A - PLoS ONE (2015)

The Capaz scale before installation.The Capaz hivescale is an H-shaped platform made from aluminium and stainless steel, with the dimensions 420 x 480 x 86 mm (long x wide x high). Data are transmitted by cell phone. The rechargeable battery (12 V) lasts for 200 days. Ambient temperature and humidity are measured by default. Additional equipment is the rain collector and brood temperature sensor. Changes of the standard setup of the scale are done via the computer software. Photo: Capaz.
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pone.0132473.g001: The Capaz scale before installation.The Capaz hivescale is an H-shaped platform made from aluminium and stainless steel, with the dimensions 420 x 480 x 86 mm (long x wide x high). Data are transmitted by cell phone. The rechargeable battery (12 V) lasts for 200 days. Ambient temperature and humidity are measured by default. Additional equipment is the rain collector and brood temperature sensor. Changes of the standard setup of the scale are done via the computer software. Photo: Capaz.
Mentions: The Capaz hive scale is a 420 x 480 x 86 mm platform made of aluminium and stainless steel (Fig 1). The scale can weigh up to 200 kg with a precision of 100 grams. Weight (mass), ambient temperature, humidity are measured by default. At the end of each day the data from the Capaz scales were sent by a cell phone, as an SMS which was then converted to an email and read by software, which stores and manages the data [27]. Weight records were collected at two hours intervals, with the first record at 6:00 and the last one at 22:00 for each day. All the data used in this study, and further records are available directly from www.stadevægt.dk and www.mybees.buzz and exportable to Excel.

Bottom Line: Over the last few decades, a gradual departure away from traditional agricultural practices has resulted in alterations to the composition of the countryside and landscapes across Europe.Once this was carried out, we were able to show that colonies situated in landscapes composed of more than 50% urban areas were significantly more productive than colonies situated in those with more than 50% agricultural areas or those in mixed areas.As well as exploring some of the potential reasons for the observed differences, we discuss the value of weight monitoring of colonies on a large scale.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: University of Copenhagen, Department of Plants and Environmental Sciences-PLEN, 1871 Frederiksberg C, Denmark.

ABSTRACT
Over the last few decades, a gradual departure away from traditional agricultural practices has resulted in alterations to the composition of the countryside and landscapes across Europe. In the face of such changes, monitoring the development and productivity of honey bee colonies from different sites can give valuable insight on the influence of landscape on their productivity and might point towards future directions for modernized beekeeping practices. Using data on honeybee colony weights provided by electronic scales spread across Denmark, we investigated the effect of the immediate landscape on colony productivity. In order to extract meaningful information, data manipulation was necessary prior to analysis as a result of different management regimes or scales malfunction. Once this was carried out, we were able to show that colonies situated in landscapes composed of more than 50% urban areas were significantly more productive than colonies situated in those with more than 50% agricultural areas or those in mixed areas. As well as exploring some of the potential reasons for the observed differences, we discuss the value of weight monitoring of colonies on a large scale.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus