ISCA’s bee pollination innovation honored by federal business program

ISCA’s bee pollination enhancement technology was honored as a success story of the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The program provides grants to small businesses to fund new innovations. 

Click here to see the SBIR article about this ISCA innovation called APIS Bloom that increases crop yields by increasing bee pollination rates.

Developed under grant support from the U.S. Department Agriculture, APIS Bloom focuses bees toward the desired crop areas. Growers apply this safe product directly to the crops during the blossoming period. It then steadily releases a bee pheromone called Nasonov. This is the same compound the worker bees release in nature to tell other bees they have discovered productive sources of pollen and nectar, and it also guides bees back to their hives.

The pheromone directs the bees to desire crop blossoms while discouraging them from going beyond orchard boundaries. It also compels them to forage at greater distances from the hive, which provide growers with greater coverage per hive. Bees also go work for longer periods of time. And they are more active during cooler and cloudy conditions that otherwise stifle their activity.




USDA Secretary prioritizes broadband technology for America’s farmland

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Today the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made “rural broadband for e-connectivity”  a top infrastructure priority for America’s farms.


 “Precision agriculture technologies are growing in popularity for their ability to improve farm management decisions, for increasing production and reducing input costs,”

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Better pollination rates mean more luscious raspberries

Photo by Rhododendrites via Creative Commons.

With spring fast coming, raspberry and other bramble crops in California and the southeastern states have begun the crucial blossoming phase. What happens next depends on honey bees. 

And they got a lot of work to do. A single raspberry is really dozens of separate tiny pieces of fruit called drupelets, each in need of pollination.

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ISCA offers safe pine protection innovations developed in Canada

ISCA now has three products to control devastating bark beetles. Photo by David Danelski, ISCA Technologies

ISCA Technologies is now manufacturing two great, eco-friendly products to manage and control the bark beetles that kill pine and spruce trees that had been developed by Contech Enterprises of Delta, Canada.

We are marketing these products under their original names: Pine Beetle Repellent Verbenone Pouch and Douglas-Fir and Spruce Beetle Repellent MCH Bubble Cap.

These products deploy beetle pheromones that essentially trick beetles into believing that treated trees are already colonized, and thus too crowded for newcomers.

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Protecting pine trees from deadly bark beetles

Trees dying from a mountain pine beetle infestation. Photo by Daniel Miller of the U.S. Forest Service.

The bark beetle forest infestations in the Western part of North America have been described as the greatest insect blight in modern times.

Bark beetles have devastated large forested areas in all 19 of the western states of the United States and provinces of Canada, leaving brown swaths of dead and dying trees on the mountainous landscapes that in some areas can stretch as far as the eye can see.

Since the 1990s, the beetles have destroyed more than 88 million acres of forests, where they can kill up to 90 percent of trees.

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APIS BLOOM: Even busier bees

Suppose you could make busy bees work just a bit harder to pollinate your fruit crops?

APIS BLOOM does just that.

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