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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Project investigators also plan on examining threats to native pollinators, such as viruses that have affected honey bee populations and pesticides. The project will also examine the management of key species of wild bees for use in agriculture.
“We have fresh market apple growers who have relied upon native pollinators for fruit pollination for over ten years without noticeable loss in yield or quality, but we need to verify this through measurement of yield, fruit set, fruit size and fruit quality in comparison to orchards using recommended rates of honey bees for pollination,” Biddinger explained.
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Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees
Eric Mader, Mace Vaughan,
Matthew Shepherd, Scott Hoffman Black

Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees


This publication provides information and resources on how to plan for, protect and create habitat for native bees in agricultural settings.
Creating and preserving native bee habitat is a good risk management strategy for farmers of specialty crops
such as almonds, apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, pears, plums, squash, tomatoes and watermelons.
Oil and biofuel crops requiring bee pollination include canola and sunflower.
Even meat and dairy industries are dependent on bee pollination for the production of forage seed such as
alfalfa and clover.
In many cases, these native pollinators are,
on a bee-for-bee basis,
more efficient than honey bees.
Gardens of Goodness has high pollination demands, but the farm is surrounded by miles of conventional corn and soybean farms and a small housing development of manicured lawns – hardly the best bee habitat. To compensate for their situation the Lindemanns have steadily improved their farm for bees by adding supplemental floral sources, enhancing nest sites and learning to farm without pesticides.
All of these practices, many of which began as attempts to conserve pollinators, have added up to a productive business with an enthusiastic community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and farm stand customer base.
Amazon.com: Bee Pollination in Agricultural Ecosystems (9780195316957): Rosalind James, Theresa L. Pitts-Singer: Books: Reviews, Prices & more

Rosalind R. James is Research Leader of the USDA Agricultural Research Services Pollinating Insect Biology, Systematics, and Management Research Unit in Logan, Utah.
Theresa L. Pitts-Singer is a Research Entomologist in the USDA Agricultural Research Services Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory in Logan, Utah.

"This book will go a long way toward keeping non-Apis bees in the limelight. It represents a compendium of the latest thinking on the issues surrounding the place of wild bees in sustainable agriculture. I highly recommend it for readers interested in the public conversation on bee decline and pollination."--Keith S. Delaplane, The Quarterly Review of Biology
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