7.1. Bee attractants

Bee attractants are designed to attract bees to crops. There are several approaches to testing their effectiveness, including measuring changes in the numbers of bees visiting flowers and changes in the levels of pollination (Ellis and Delaplane, 2009). The criteria in section 2.2.4. apply, and experimental units should never drop below the level of field plot. The complicating factor in these types of trials is achieving suitable replication and controls because attractants require large areas of a crop to be treated. For this reason, the expedient of using cages is not applicable to attractant studies. Treated and control plots must have large separations between them; otherwise there is risk that if the attractant works it may draw bees away from the control plots, thus artificially enhancing the effect of the attractant. Dependent variables can be collected as described in sections 4.1., 5.2., and 5.3.