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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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Map of Denmark with the location of the weight scales distributed throughout the country.Darker patches are an indication of major urban areas. Derived from 2002–2003 MODIS satellite data at 1 km resolution [43].
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pone.0132473.g002: Map of Denmark with the location of the weight scales distributed throughout the country.Darker patches are an indication of major urban areas. Derived from 2002–2003 MODIS satellite data at 1 km resolution [43].

Mentions: Thirty one colonies, distributed around Denmark, were fitted with a hive scale, featured in the database and had their location mapped. Thirteen of the thirty-one scales fitted to the colonies were part of a monitoring programme set up by the Danish Beekeepers Association [DBA]. The rest of the scales were privately owned. Ultimately, only 26 of the colonies (Fig 2) were selected after data manipulation as described below.


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)

Map of Denmark with the location of the weight scales distributed throughout the country.Darker patches are an indication of major urban areas. Derived from 2002–2003 MODIS satellite data at 1 km resolution [43].
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pone.0132473.g002: Map of Denmark with the location of the weight scales distributed throughout the country.Darker patches are an indication of major urban areas. Derived from 2002–2003 MODIS satellite data at 1 km resolution [43].
Mentions: Thirty one colonies, distributed around Denmark, were fitted with a hive scale, featured in the database and had their location mapped. Thirteen of the thirty-one scales fitted to the colonies were part of a monitoring programme set up by the Danish Beekeepers Association [DBA]. The rest of the scales were privately owned. Ultimately, only 26 of the colonies (Fig 2) were selected after data manipulation as described below.

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