Conserving native bees and valuing their services for sustainable specialty crop pollination

  • Isaacs, Rufus (PI)
  • Vaughan, M. M. (CoPI)
  • Swinton, Scott M. (CoPI)
  • Findeis, J. J. (CoPI)
  • Rudel, T. T. (CoPI)
  • Lubell, M. M. (CoPI)
  • Winfree, R. R. (CoPI)
  • Kremen, C. C. (CoPI)
  • Williams, N. N. (CoPI)
  • Biddinger, David (CoPI)
  • Flesicher, S. S. (CoPI)
  • Tuell, J. J. (CoPI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: This SCRI planning project will support a workshop in Portland, Oregon on August 24-25 2010 to bring together stakeholder, researcher, and extension personnel from across the US to develop priority objectives and surveys for a CAP proposal on sustainable pollination of specialty crops. Our activities will help identify barriers to adoption of bee conservation practices and will design integrated research and extension-outreach programs to guide pollination-related management decisions. This project is urgently needed because of declining native bee populations and uncertainty about honey bee health. The outputs of the workshop will be posted on a project website for feedback by a broad range of stakeholders before our team prepares a full CAP proposal. We will use stakeholder surveys at Extension meetings to inform the direction of the workshop. This project, and the full project to be developed from it, will provide producers with recommendations on the costs and returns from different pollinator conservation practices, with the aims of increasing farm profit and reducing inter-year variation in crop yield from poor pollination. The full project to be developed from this planning grant will increase producers' understanding of how they can manipulate their farm landscapes for improved pollination services, and the costs and returns from pollinator conservation practices. The project has significant involvement from specialty crop commodity groups and conservation stakeholders, who have been involved in planning and will continue to provide input, project oversight, and feedback in this project.

Effective start/end date9/1/108/31/11


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