University of Vermont

Taylor Ricketts Lab

Field work begins

Crew of 4 studying blueberry pollination in VT

Anna hand pollinates a flower

Field work has begun on the importance of wild pollinators to Vermont's food system.  

We're starting with blueberries, which depend heavily on bees to set full crops.  Anna Beauchemin is leading the field crew, which includes Taylor as well as undergrad assistants Erin Cain and Elizabeth Gribkof.

We hope to understand who the important blueberry pollinators are in Vermont, how and why pollinator communities vary among farms, and how these communities affect blueberry yields and farm economics.

As a side project, we are sampling Vermont's roadside creemee stands and will report on the best creemee's in the Champlain Valley...