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Old 03-22-2012, 10:22 AM   #1
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Native Bee Benefits
How to increase native bee pollination on your farm in several simple steps
Bryn Mawr College and Rutgers University
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Why are native bees important?

Insect pollination services are a highly important agricultural input. Two-thirds of crop varieties require animal pollination for production and many crops have higher quality after insect pollination.1,2,3 Bees are the most important pollinators in most ecosystems. They facilitate reproduction and improve seed set for half of Pennsylvania’s and New Jersey’s top fruit and vegetable commodities.4,5,6 Estimated value of their pollination services range from $6 - 263 million each year.7
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Why is insect pollination so important?

Bees can efficiently transfer pollen between different plant individuals of the same species. This cross pollination makes for healthier and more genetically diverse plant populations. It also helps crops such as watermelon, which have separate pollen providing (male) and fruit producing (female) flowers, or apples, for which many varieties require cross-pollination from a different variety (called “self-incompatibility”).
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In this pamphlet, you can find out…

 The most effective native bees in PA and NJ and how to identify them
 Their habitat and foraging needs
 Strategies for encouraging their presence on your farm
 Sources of funding
http://www.extension.org/sites/default/files/w/1/15/NativeBees2009.pdf
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