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Karen and the Cabinet X-ray Machine at the Parma Cocoon Testing Lab

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The establishment of the Parma Cocoon testing lab has been one of my most important service accomplishments as Pollination Ecologist at UI. Growers bring or send us samples of loose bee cells from their fields. The grower associations purchased a cabinet x-ray machine that we use to x-ray the cell samples. On the x-ray we can detect live and diseased larvae, parasites, predators, etc. We provide the grower with a printed record of our findings, which he can use to estimate how many bees he has for the coming season, and how many he needs to purchase. (Read about sampling loose cell and calculating live bees)