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The alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata, and alfalfa flower.
photo by Karen Strickler
 
 
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Download an interactive model of alfalfa pollination.
Alfalfa pollination in Egypt
  Counting flowers   
 

Pollination Studies at

Parma Research and Extension Center 

University of Idaho

1994-2000
Karen Strickler

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Information about Megachile rotundata (Fabr.) the alfalfa leafcutting bee used to pollinate alfalfa in the Pacific Northwest:

Overview of Dr. Strickler's Pollination Ecology Research at UI (1994-2000)

Bee management and alfalfa seed IPM information

  Alfalfa Pollination in Egypt: A visit to Suez Canal University, 2001

Links to other sites with information on alfalfa pollination and management of alfalfa leafcutting bees.

Contact Dr. Strickler

Megachile rotundata cutting buckwheat leaf to line a cell for her offspring.
photo by Karen Strickler
 

 

Overview of the Pollination Ecology Program at UI, 1994-2000 (slide shows)

       A brief history of alfalfa seed production in the Northwest (slide show)

      Research philosophy and a vision for future research
             Relationships and Interactions

Download files: 
       Interactive model of alfalfa pollination (uses Stella systems modeling program from isee systems) .

       Simulation of bee movement on alfalfa (Excel file)

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Bee Management and Alfalfa Seed IPM Information from UI:

  Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee Management in Idaho 
(formerly CIS 438)

  Fall and Winter Management

  Cocoon Testing Lab Averages

  Sampling Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee Cells to Assess Quality
      Text version

Wayne Mennie's Sampling Advice

  Important Degree Days for Alfalfa Seed
A Degree Day Primer

UC Davis Degree Day and Phenology Model Site
 

  Is Your Live Count What Emerges? 
(from Proceedings of the 2000 Northwest Alfalfa Seed School
Includes both 1999 and 2000 results)

  Does Sand Control Chalcid Parasites?
(from Proceedings of the 1998 Northwest Alfalfa Seed School)

A Comparison of X-ray Results From Three Labs  
(from 1996 Newsletter of the Idaho Alfalfa Seed Commission)
This article was revised and published in the International Herbage Seed Group Newsletter :  Fairey, D. T., N. A. Fairey , K. Strickler  and D. Lundahl   2003.  A comparison of the quality of alfalfa leafcutting bee cocoons at three North American laboratories.  International Herbage Seed Group Newsletter  , July 2003, 36:3-5

  Withering flowers and curls?  Some reasons.  
(from 1996 Newsletter of the Idaho Alfalfa Seed Commission)

  How many bees should I introduce to my field? A rule of thumb.
(Research slide show Part 3) 
More about Counting flowers 

  Alfalfa Pollination in Russia: E-mail from Rostov-on-Don
       
   Bee species that pollinate alfalfa in Russia

  Alfalfa Pollination in Egypt: A visit to Suez Canal University, 2001
       
   Bee species that pollinate alfalfa in Egypt

Thrips damage and blossom drop 
          (1997)
          (1998)

  Clipping to create a trapcrop for lygus bug control.
(from a presentation to the Entomological Society of America, Dec. 1999)

  Biological control in Alfalfa Seed Fields in Parma, 1995.  
(from Proceedings of the 1996 Northwest Alfalfa Seed School)

  Idaho Insect Control Recommendations for Alfalfa Seed Production
       by Baird and Homan 

1999 CIS 231  (requires Adobe Acrobat)

  Nutrient Availability for Alfalfa Seed Production.  
(Research report to the Idaho Alfalfa Seed Commission, Brad Brown, 2000)

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Links to other sites with information on alfalfa pollination and management of alfalfa leafcutting bees.  (See more sites above).

  Alfalfa Seed Production and Pest Management (WREP 12)

  The National Alfalfa Alliance.  Various publications, including:
        The Alfalfa Varieties Leaflet 
        How an Alfalfa Plant Develops

  Alfalfa Seed Production and Leafcutting Bee Management, Saskatchewan  (SASPA)

  Alfalfa leafcutting bee biology and management, Manitoba

  International Pollination Systems Incubator Calendar

  Northwest Alfalfa Seed Grower's Association

  Tuning-up Your Bee Management For Improved Profitability
        (Kemp and Bosch, on the USDA Logan Lab web page)

  Forage Genetics International's information on GMO Alfalfa 

 Dr. Gerry Rank's information on Leafcutting bees, including the OneGen strain of bees.  (Dept. of Biology, University of Saskatchewan)

  Management of Alfalfa leafcutting bees for blueberry pollination (New Brunswick, CA)

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For more information:

Karen Strickler,  
Pollination Ecologist

31140 Circle Dr.
Parma ID 83660
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