Universities Collaborate to Combat Bee Decline

In *All, Agricultural Systems by Ag is America

Bees, as pollinators, are vital natural allies throughout the agriculture industry. So, what would happen if they die out? The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State, in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, Davis, the University of Minnesota and Dickinson College are working to develop maps and tools to help beekeepers and land managers maintain and expand populations of domesticized and wild bees.

“Our research will help beekeepers and land managers comprehensively assess their surrounding landscapes so they can have accurate information when they make decisions about how best to support their honey bees or wild bee populations,” said Christina Grozinger, director of the Center for Pollinator Research and principal investigator.

Many environmental factors go into producing these maps and tools. Teams from the University of California, Davis and the University of Minnesota will model data to determine the best approach for beekeepers, farmers and land managers in their respective regions. The landscapes in California and Minnesota vary greatly, and thus require different strategies. This multi-university effort and the tools developed from it will buck the trend and help mitigate the pollinator decline across the United States.

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