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Northeast Pollinator Partnership: developing cost-effective pollinator management for New York apple growers

Grant Program: OAR
Agricultural Sectors: Fruit, Green Industry, Vegetable
Project Duration: 5/1/2015 - 4/30/2017
Amount Awarded: $100,000.00
Lead Organization: Cornell University
Project Leader: Bryan Danforth
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NE Pollinator Partnership
Equipping Apple Growers to Quantify the Role of Native Bees in Pollination

Challenges in the commercial honeybee industry have caused apple growers to think more about pollination in their orchards. They see wild bees in their blossoms, but don’t have a way to measure and track their numbers. For growers to know whether wild bees can provide an effective alternative to honeybees, they need a way to easily collect and quantify their numbers to establish baseline data.

Dr. Bryan Danforth of Cornell University has a project underway to develop simple web and smart phone tools that allows growers to collect data to make informed decisions about the long-term management of their pollinator needs.

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