AGRIBUSINESS: Researcher Says Bee Habitats Have Multiple Benefits for Growers
According to USDA, 30% of honey bee colonies in the United States die every year. That’s due in part to both normal over-wintering losses and the more complex problems that result in colony collapse disorder.
For fruit and vegetable growers, having native perennial plants near a field has a few positive effects: promoting biodiversity, bringing in natural enemies like ladybird beetles to keep pest populations in check, and reducing soil erosion and nutrient loss. O’Neal’s research into whether or not adjacent pollinator habitats can increase fruit and vegetable yields is ongoing.