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Dr. Gordon I. Wardell

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Bee Biologist

Paramount Farming , Inc.
Phone: (661) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: g***@***.com
Local Address: Lost Hills, California, United States
Paramount Farming Company
33141 E. Lerdo Hwy
Bakersfield, California 93308
United States

Company Description: Paramount Farming Company is the premier grower of almonds and pistachios for the United States...

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Advisor
    SAFE R&D , LLC.
  • Founder
    S.A.F.E. Research & Development


  • Ph.D , Entomology
    Michigan State University
  • B.S. , Biology
    Alma College
  • M.S. , Biology and Plant Ecology
    Western Kentucky University
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Maintaining a supply of healthy, ..., 6 April 2012 [cached]
Maintaining a supply of healthy, top-quality bees is so challenging that Paramount employs its own staff entomologist, Gordon Wardell, who holds a doctorate in the field. He works with beekeepers and research scientists to develop reliable pollinators.
"It's like sending (human) 6-year-olds to work at heavy construction," Wardell said.
The Xerces Society » Pollinating Local is the New Buzz, 1 Feb 2011 [cached]
Gordon Wardell, senior biologist and bee expert for Paramount Farming Company, the nation's largest almond producer, says hives are already pulling in by the truckload for what has been called "the great promiscuity" by the beekeepers who attend.
Scientists and beekeepers alike wonder if, in this vast melting pot of insects, dangerous pathogens could be exchanged as bees from different hives visit the same flowers. The question matters hugely as so-called "colony collapse disorder," or CCD, over the past four years has killed up to a third of all honeybees in the United States, accelerating an existing decline in native pollinators in North America and Europe.
From his vantage, Wardell says, beekeepers arriving for the festivities this year "are all saying the same thing about their hives - 'looking good' - so far.'"
Wardell says many almond growers, too, are looking for ways to work more cooperatively with native bees.
"It's always a challenge to find enough bees to pollinate Paramount Farms' 45,000 acres of almonds. Although he said the company has put some effort into installing stretches of wild plantings along the farms' roadsides and borders, the semiarid region has never been home to a large population of native bees.
Nonetheless, Wardell says he's found a promising understudy to the honeybee. Although it has to be plied with artificial heating to emerge from its nest in time for the almond bloom, the blue orchard bee, Osmia lignaria, from Utah, is an efficient pollinator with many characteristics an almond grower would appreciate.
After making a stop by Paramount's Osmia breeding enclosures, Wardell noted his satisfaction with the progress of the emerging young insects. He conceded it will take a while to work out the best techniques for the propagation, release and recovery of this wild species.
He added hopefully that they seem to get along well with the honeybees, and that with their divergent lifestyles and behaviors he might even like to see the two species work the groves together.
Gordon Wardell, president of ... [cached]
Gordon Wardell, president of SAFE R&D LLC in Tucson, spent four years researching the right concoction to give nature's little workers some extra pep. A solution is critical, he said, because beekeepers worry their bees aren't going to be adequate pollinators. "We want to make bees healthier and live longer," said Wardell, who is in a cooperative research agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson.
And while scientists have tried to find the "smoking gun" that causes the disorder, Wardell believes it could be a symptom of poor nutrition. The paradigm for beekeeping has changed in the last 20 years, Wardell said.
EAS 2008 - Program, 16 July 2008 [cached]
Dr. Gordon Wardell, S.A.F.E. Research & Development
Dr. Gordon Wardell, S.A.F.E. Research & Development - Honey bee nutrition & feeding
Dr. Gordon Wardell, ..., 10 Dec 2007 [cached]
Dr. Gordon Wardell, S.A.F.E. Research and Development, LLC, Tucson, AZ.
Gordon I. Wardell, Ph.D.
Dr. Gordon Wardell has over 30 years experience as a professional apiculturist.He holds a Ph.D. in
Entomology with emphasis in Apiculture and Pest Management from Michigan State University.After
graduation, he worked for 12 years in Asia and Southeast Asia helping improve beekeeping methodologies
and honey industry standardization.His experience stretched from Nepal to Fiji, with most of his time spent
in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
In 1988, Gordon joined the faculty of the University of Maryland as the State Extension Apiculturist.
During this time he also acted as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State and the Agency for
International Development in matters of international apiculture development.He moved to Arizona in 1996
where he founded S.A.F.E. Research and Development, LLC in Tucson, AZ. SAFE specializes in products
for the honey bee industry.
Dr. Wardell will speak to us about bee nutrition and other nutrition related issues.
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