The Hive & Bees
A bee friendly dispenser system
Bee Vectoring Technology (BVT) has developed an inoculum dispenser system that is incorporated into the lid of a commercial bee hive. Commercially-reared bees enter the dispenser through a one-way return flap and exit through another portal. As they do so, they pass through and pick up powder material in BVT’s Vectorpak™, taking it with them as they leave the hive.
A flap at the entry hole ensures the bees must walk through the tray in order to leave the hive and forage
A specialty lid allows easy and safe replacement of the Vectorpaks
Vectorpaks fit perfectly into the hive, containing precise quantities that do not harm the bees
A gate can cover just the outbound hole to allow the bees back in without them leaving. It can also close fully to keep the bees in the hive if a pesticide needs to be sprayed on the crop
Why commercially-reared bees?
BVT uses commercially-reared bees as the delivery method. Bumblebees tend to be a better option for certain crops and indoors while honey bees are optimal for open fields. Both bumble and honey bees can be used, however bumblebees tend to be a better option – they are less aggressive, can carry more powder, fly in colder temperatures and wetter climates, require no maintenance, training or specialty equipment, and have hives that lasts longer (4-6 weeks, their natural life cycle).
Bee vectoring technology and the environment
The process of bee vectoring has the same principles as natural pollination and does not impose any health risks to bees, people and the environment. It uses commercially-reared bees to target daily delivery of single or multiple materials at the same time to the flower, a major portal of entry for pathogens. Bee vectoring uses no water, saving many spray applications of pesticides and drastically reducing the amount of active ingredients put into the environment. BVT’s biological control is organic, easily manufactured with little waste and does not contain harmful ingredients. Bee vectoring is a highly targeted delivery system that leaves fewer active ingredients drifting into water sources and unintended plants.
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Contact one of our representatives to setup an on-site demonstration of the BVT system to experience the improvement it can have on your crop yield.