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Modelling the effects of repellent chemicals on foraging bees

Ridout, Martin S., Faddy, Malcolm J., & Solomon, Michael G. (2006) Modelling the effects of repellent chemicals on foraging bees. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics), 55(1), pp. 63-75.

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Abstract

Many pesticide sprays that are used for crop protection are harmful to honey-bees. It can therefore be beneficial to add to the spray chemical compounds that are repellent to bees, to discourage them from feeding on recently sprayed crops. Experiments were conducted using an artificial feeding station to assess the repellent effects of various compounds. In this system, bees arrive at the feeding station, choose between feeding dishes to which different chemicals have been added, feed for a variable period and then depart. The number of bees at each feeding dish is recorded at intervals of 1 min. We discuss the analysis of data from this type of experiment, based on a queuing theory model.

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ID Code: 8181
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: m.faddy@qut.edu.au
Keywords: Apis mellifera, Feeding station, Gamma distribution, Honey, bee
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9876.2005.00530.x
ISSN: 0035-9254
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > STATISTICS (010400) > Applied Statistics (010401)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 21 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:20

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