Category Archives: Pollinators

Experts to present webinar series on crop pollination

The majority of U.S. specialty crop growers depend on bees for pollination of their crops. Growers know that without adequate pollination, they would not be profitable. But what are the best pollination strategies for fruit, vegetable, and nut crops? What … Continue reading

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Webinar on Ensuring Crop Pollination in US Specialty Crops starts Jan. 24

This webinar series will provide an overview of pollination requirements and strategies to ensure pollination of different specialty crops. Farmers and gardeners rely on crop pollinators, including honey bees, alternative managed bees like the blue orchard bee, and wild bees. Pollination experts … Continue reading

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SARE: Investing in the Next Generation of Agricultural Scientists

While pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, Hillary Sardiñas’ goal was  to translate research into practical information on the steps farmers can take to support native pollinators. Along the way, she got critical funding support from a … Continue reading

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Varroa Mite IPM Videos Available

Re-posted from IPM in the South The Honey Bee Health Coalition has released a series of videos to help beekeepers promote colony health and combat costly and destructive Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) infestations. The videos can be found on the … Continue reading

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Impact Spotlight: National Honey Month shines a light on pollinator health

September is National Honey Month and you can’t have honey without honey bees. There are direct links between the health of American agriculture and the health of bees and other pollinators. Pollination is critical to the production of fruits, vegetables, … Continue reading

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Insect enthusiasts explore passion at BugMasters training

Photo right: UNL Extension educator Jonathan Larson instructs a group of BugMasters volunteers during a training session held in late July. Pam Galus, a retired science teacher from Omaha, has always been fascinated by how amazingly intricate insects can be. … Continue reading

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Supporting pollinators could have big payoff for Texas cotton farmers

According to a new study by The University of Texas at Austin, increasing the diversity of pollinator species, including bees, flies and butterflies, can dramatically increase cotton production. The researchers estimate that in South Texas, the region they studied, increasing … Continue reading

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USDA Releases Results of New Survey on Honey Bee Colony Health

News Release Release No. 0114.16 Contact: Office of Communications press@oc.usda.gov (202) 720-4623  Printable version  Email this page USDA Releases Results of New Survey on Honey Bee Colony Health Survey Developed as Part of National Pollinator Research Action Plan Gives New … Continue reading

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Success Story: Scientists track gene activity when honey bees do and don’t eat honey

This research was funded through the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center under the USDA-NIFA award AG 2012-51120-20252. This is the first of a series… By Diana Yates Many beekeepers feed their honey bees sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup when … Continue reading

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Study suggests commercial bumble bee industry amplified a fungal pathogen of bees

BY   DIANA YATES  | LIFE SCIENCES EDITOR, University of Illinois News Bureau University of Illinois entomology professor Sydney Cameron led a genetic study of Nosema bombi, a fungus that is afflicting bumble bees in North America and Europe. Photo by … Continue reading

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