Pollinating highbush blueberries: bees bring bigger berries
is an important aspect of highbush blueberry production, and is essential for
high yields. This talk will review how blueberries are pollinated by bees,
how some cultivars are more sensitive than others to pollination by bees, and
how different types of bees can be used for pollination of this crop. Results
from four regions of North America will be contrasted showing the relative
roles of honey bees, wild bees, and alternative managed pollinators. To watch the recorded webinar click here.
is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department
of Entomology at Michigan State University. He
holds a Ph.D from the University of London, UK, and has been studying
fruit crop entomology in Michigan for almost 20 years. Rufus leads a
research program that explores insects of economic significance to berry
crop growers, including pest insects and pollinators. Over the past
decade, he has investigated wild bee contributions to blueberry
pollination, conservation of bees on blueberry farms, and the impacts of
pesticides on the wild bee communities that are active in these farms.
His lab has led the blueberry research component of the Integrated Crop
Pollination project over the past five years.