8.4. Directed air flow

Greenhouses are actively ventilated by forced air ventilation or passively by opening side walls to reduce humidity and overheating that stress plants and promote foliar diseases (Fig. 18). Side walls and screens can also be opened to direct and regulate air flow and velocity within the greenhouse relative to the location of a hive. Air flow direction has been shown to affect honey bee pollination activity and subsequent fruit-set in the greenhouse (Dag and Eisikowitch, 1995), a phenomenon explained by bees' tendency to fly upwind (Friesen, 1973). It is recommended that a wind speed and direction sensor (anemometer) be placed near the hive entrance as well as in the greenhouse in a central location above the plant foliage.

Fig. 18. Greenhouse ventilation system

1297PN revised Fig 18