Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bee Biodiversity Can Double the Value of Crop Yields

A study by researchers at NC State University found that blueberry crops yield up to twice as much fruit when pollinated by multiple species of bees. This is partially due to contrasting behavior between species and their response to inclement weather. Berries visited by more than one type of bee are more likely to be pollinated. Blueberries are an economically important crop in the state and each of the five species of bee studied contributes an estimated $1.42 million worth of yield annually. Read more »