Modelling the effects of repellent chemicals on foraging bees

Ridout, Martin S. and Faddy, Malcolm J. and 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. ISSN 0035-9254. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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.

Item Type: Article
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: 04 Jun 2014 11:08
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