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Dr. Gordon Wardell

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Director, Pollination Operations

Phone: (661) ***-****  HQ Phone
Wonderful Orchards LLC
6801 E. Lerdo Hwy
Shafter , California 93263
United States

Company Description: Wonderful Orchards is the premier grower of almonds and pistachios for the United States.
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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

Education

  • Ph.D. , entomology
    Michigan State University
  • degree , biology
    Alma College
  • masters , biology and plant ecology
    Western Kentucky University
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Gordon Wardell, president of ...
cxo.centosprime.com [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.
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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.
Gordon Wardell, ...
www.goodfruit.com, 23 Dec 2015 [cached]
Gordon Wardell, Paramount Farming's lead bee biologist on this experiment, said the propagation project began five years ago, as Colony Collapse Disorder began seriously impacting honeybee hives.
The goal is to domesticate wild mason bees so as to assure a steady, predictable supply of these supplementary pollinators.
The domestication process is complex and begins with trapping mason bees in the wild.
Wardell negotiated with bee trappers in the Pacific Northwest, but found their prices too high. He now works with bee trappers in Utah and Idaho.
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"We don't want to overstress the resource," Wardell said.
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Eventually Wardell and his team hope a generation of bees capable of sustaining commercially viable numbers will emerge.
Other obstacles encountered by the experimental program include natural predators such as wasps and beetles, which feed on the bees, as well as pesticide and fungicide spraying in proximity to nests and plants that the bees pollinate.
There are many variables still to work with as far as optimizing mason bee propagation, but Wardell said he's confident he and his team will find the right combination that'll enable them to "get through the genetic bottleneck" and provide growers with a commercially viable supply of domesticated mason bees. •
Paramount hires bee biologist ...
www.capitalpress.info, 5 Aug 2009 [cached]
Paramount hires bee biologist Bee researcher Gordon Wardell has become Paramount Farming, Inc.'s new bee biologist. According to the beekeeper group Project Apis m., Wardell will work with Paramount's beekeepers to keep hive strength high and ensure pollination for the company's almond grov ...
Gordon Wardell, director of ...
westernfarmpress.com, 31 Mar 2015 [cached]
Gordon Wardell, director of pollination operations at Paramount Farms
Gordon Wardell manages pollination operations at Paramount Farms. He is rearing and studying a native wild bee in incubation tubes to see if it can improve almond pollination efforts.
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Gordon Wardell, bee expert and director of pollination operations with Paramount Farming is studying Blue Orchard Bees, Osmia lignaria, to see if the tiny insect can aid in almond pollination.
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"We're looking to see if there's another bee we can use for pollination, and this shows promise," Wardell said.
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According to Wardell, Paramount's interest in using BOB to pollinate crops is not aimed at replacing honey bee colonies used to pollinate almonds; that is not possible. Rather, BOB's could be used in tandem with honey bee colonies to test if pollination rates can improve overall yield per acre by adding about 400 female Osmia lignaria per acre to two honey bee colonies.
Wardell has two questions related to this: Can two honey bee colonies be supplemented with 400 BOB for a greater pollination rate and nut yield; and, is this economically feasible?
Still, Wardell thinks it could be possible to pollinate almonds with fewer than the industry-standard. He believes that a single honey bee colony plus 400 BOB could do the trick.
Early indications suggest Paramount Farms is optimistic about Wardell's idea. Within the past year the company dedicated 20 acres of land to study and rear BOB with the goal of putting them to commercial use in their San Joaquin Valley almond orchards.
"This is not just a research project," Wardell says. "We're looking at the economics of this."
Gordon Wardell inspects bees ...
westernfarmpress.com, 26 Nov 2013 [cached]
Gordon Wardell inspects bees | Bee health: It's more than just about nuts and honey Photo Gallery: Bee health: It's more than just about nuts and honey | Western Farm Press Subscribe
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Paramount Farms' Bee Biologist Gordon Wardell inspects Blue Orchard Bees incubating at his Lost Hills, Calif. facility.
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Blue Orchard Bee research
Gordon Wardell will plant 20 acres of flowers in a netting enclosure at Paramount Farms to raise wild, Blue Orchard Bees, as part of a research project.
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Honeybee colonies are a delicate organism, according to bee biologist Gordon Wardell.
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Gordon Wardell inspects a colony of honeybees at his Paramount Farms facility near Lost Hills, Calif.
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