Researcher Launches Bumble Bee Pollination Project

Deborah A. Delaney, an assistant professor at the University of Delaware, will study the effectiveness of native bumble bees as pollinators of fruits and vegetables. Dr. Delaney will show growers how to pollinate a portion of their fields with native bumble bees, leaving the rest to honey bees.

“Over the past decade, managed honeybee populations have been in decline due to colony collapse disorder and other factors,” says Delaney. “In response, growers as well as researchers have started to pay a lot of attention to native pollinators, and in particular, to bumblebees.”

Ultimately, her experiment should help growers develop the best ways to use bumble bee units under varying field conditions and with different crops. Read the full article.