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Monitoring commercial seed fields: Methods


Started monitoring within ~ 3 days of bee release


Growers aimed to put 74-124,000 Megachile rotundata per ha. (Typical for the area)


Straws in bee boards monitored bee offspring over time.

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I started monitoring when bees were first released into the field.
Growers put out typical large bee populations in these fields.
Straws in the nest board tunnels allowed us to remove completed nests and examine their contents.