Integrated Crop Pollination project begins
Kickoff meeting at Univ. Florida
- By Taylor H Ricketts
We kicked off the USDA-funded consortium this week to study the contributions of native pollinators to U.S. crops. The 'Integrated Crop Pollination Project' is a 5-year effort to understand how farmers can enhace pollinator habitat in and around their farms, and to what degree the resulting pollination services improve production and farm income. The project is led by Rufus Isaacs at Michigan State. It will fund a post-doc at UVM to model the ecological and economic effects of native crop pollinators, as well as a software designer to turn these models into interactive tool for farmers.