Pollination & Field Trials

About Pollination and Field Trial Services:

Pollinator testing capabilities include laboratory-based studies, semi-field, and field exposures.

Smithers Viscient’s Pollination and Field Trial Services Expertise:

Smithers Viscient conducts field pollinator studies throughout the United States with permanent locations on the East and West coast. Our North Carolina facility is the base of operations for pollinator health effects and residue/exposure studies. Our California facility, located in the San Joaquin valley in Fresno, California was a 2015 expansion, allowing for staff to be readily available for field studies that must be conducted in California under EPA/CDPR recommendation.

 

Pollination and Field Trial Services Guidelines:

Laboratory Pollinator Tests Conducted at Our Wareham and Harrogate Facilities

  • Honeybee Acute
  • Acute Oral (OECD 213)
  • Acute Contact (OECD 214, 850.3020)
  • Honeybee 10-day Chronic Adult (OECD draft)
  • Honeybee Larval
  • 7-day (OECD 237)
  • 22 day OECD draft
  • Bumble Bee Acute
  • Acute Oral (OECD 213, modified)
  • Acute Contact (OECD 214)
  • Solitary Bee
  • Acute Oral
  • Acute Contact
  • Honey Bee Toxicity of Residues on Foliage (850.3030)
  • Analytical Support
  • Bumblebee Chronic (queenless micro)

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Preliminary Field:

  • Bee Matrix Residue Studies – initial assessment of risk (fits between laboratory and semi-field)
  • May be conducted in any state that allows for agricultural practices that meet study requirements. Normally California, North Carolina and one additional state
  • Nectar and Pollen can be hand sampled or collected by the appropriate pollinator species
  • Can collect matrices of leaves, soil, flowers, whole plants, fruits, nectar, pollen, bee bread, stored nectar, pollen baskets, royal jelly, and larvae, depending on study design
  • Experience with a variety of agricultural commodity crops, including cranberries, blueberries, pumpkins, cotton, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, almonds, citrus, and apples. Full list available upon request
  • Possibility of soil, foliar, or chemigation applications
  • Analytical Chemistry can be completed in-house, even at low levels
  • Methodology must be established prior to sample analysis

 

Semi-Field Studies:

Colony Feeding Studies

  • OCSPP 850.SUPP
  • Colony Condition Assessments may be done visually or digitally, depending on location
  • Varroa, Nosema monitoring
  • Weight data collected continuously
  • Conducted in North Carolina
  • Generally follows the format of Neonicotinoid testing as per EPA/CDPR request

 

Tunnel Studies:

  • May be conducted in nearly any state
  • Can be planted with canola or buckwheat, depending on requested region
  • Digital Colony Condition Assessments and Brood Assessments
  • Short-term (42 days) and Long-term (over winter)
  • Compliant with US and European guidelines (OCSPP, OECD, EPPO)

 

Full-Field Studies:

 Follows Guideline OCSPP 850.3040

  • Can be conducted throughout the US on a specified crop
  • Digital Colony Condition Assessments (CCA)
  • Residue analysis via hand collection
  • Varroa, Nosema Monitoring
  • Weight data collected continuously
  • Overwintering in EPA/CDPR/PMRA specified region
  • Have experience with honey bees, bumble bees, non-apis

 

Pollination and Field Trial Services Equipment and Instrumentation includes:

Lab Studies:

  • Environmental chambers
  • Honey bee larval grafting chambers
  • Local hives