Two Years in… or Even Cowgirls Get the Blues… or the Unhappy Tea Party… or a Glimpse at a Multidisciplinary, Multi-state Pollination Project
School of Biology & Ecology, University of Maine
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
1:30 – 2:30pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall
In this seminar, Drummond will discuss his work on a multi-disciplinary, five-year research project on the role of native pollinators in the wild blueberry agroecosystem. This project is part of a larger pollination project involving the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University, University of Massachusetts, and the University of Tennessee. Pollination ecology, bee disease ecology, landscape ecology, botany, economics, anthropology, pesticide chemistry, and insect pest management are topics included in the research being conducted by the UMaine team. Pollination is the most important ecological process in production of fruits and nuts. The ecosystem service of crop pollination that the native bee community performs is a natural resource and one that some farmers protect and enhance through conservation practices. This seminar will discuss what cultural, sociological, economic, and ecological aspects of agroecosystems in Maine affect the perspectives of native bees and the actions growers may take.
Sponsored by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center, Sustainability Solutions Initiative