In this week's episode of Voices of the Valley, Dick Rogers, Entomologist at Bayer Crop Science, discusses the need to meld nature and technology to create and monitor healthy honeybee colonies.

Dick wants to move towards the creation of a "genius hive," which would use data to ensure the right conditions exist for thriving bee populations. Recently, "electronic scales have really helped beekeepers track weight gain and loss in hives," he says. "There are also things like in-hive sensors for temperature and overall humidity."

Ann Donahue

After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology Lunch & Learn series returned last week with a presentation from Dr. Hillary Thomas, the Research and Technical Director at Naturipe Berry Growers.

At Naturipe, Dr. Thomas focuses on the development of applied agricultural programs and technology transfer to growers. She received her doctorate in Entomology in 2009 from the UC Davis and went on to serve as a Science and Technology fellow in the California state legislature.

Ann Donahue


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