Ridout, M.S. and Faddy, M.J. and Solomon, S.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. ISSN 0035-9254.
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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.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||Apis mellifera; feeding station; gamma distribution; honey-bee; M/G/infinity queue|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HA Statistics|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Mathematics Statistics and Actuarial Science|
|Depositing User:||Judith Broom|
|Date Deposited:||19 Dec 2007 18:34|
|Last Modified:||30 May 2012 08:01|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/889 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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