Today’s Solutions: October 24, 2021

Farmers are inherently dependent on pollinators for successful crop yields, yet getting them to adopt bee-friendly practices is more challenging in some areas than others. A new study from University of Oregon researchers found that farmers are more likely to invest in bee-friendly practices if they focus on honeybee populations, but this varies based on region.

In their study, the researchers surveyed 329 California almond growers and found that they favored growing cover crops, rather than installing permanent pollinator habitats or reducing pesticide use. This is because cover crops generally require less labor, water, and attention than other strategies.

The study also found that highlighting the honeybee and yield-boosting benefits of bee-friendly practices increased the likelihood that farmers would adopt them.

The researchers note that the popularity of different bee protection strategies varied by region, based on topography. In the wetter region of the Sacramento Valley, growers were more amenable to cover crop planting and permanent habitat investment than their counterparts in the drier southern half of California.

Study coauthor Jennie Durant emphasizes that this information should inform policymaking on conservation: “To me, it suggests a regionally sensitive conservation approach might make the most sense.”

To learn more about pollination and conservation in agriculture, check out our podcast interview with Beeflow’s pollination biologist Kristen Klitgaard.

Source study: Frontiers in Sustainable Food SystemsA Regional, Honey Bee-Centered Approach Is Needed to Incentivize Grower Adoption of Bee-Friendly Practices in the Almond Industry

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Algae wrapped in droplets improves efficiency of artificial photosynthesis

In our quest for the most sustainable, most renewable sources of energy, humanity continues to look to nature for inspiration. One of nature’s most efficient energy systems is photosynthesis, which is how plants convert sunlight, ... Read More

Evidence shows Vikings arrived in Americas nearly 500 years before Columbus

Researchers have known for a while that Vikings from Greenland founded the village of L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland around the turn of the millennium, but now, a study published in Nature has finally pinpointed ... Read More

Egypt’s State Council swears-in the nation’s first female judges

Egypt’s State Council was established in 1946 and is an independent judicial body that deals with administrative disputes, disciplinary cases, appeals, reviews draft laws, decisions, and contracts that involve the government or a government-run body. ... Read More

Is group or individual work more productive? Here’s what science says

Are you a group project person or do you prefer to fly solo? We all have our work preferences, but what does science say about teamwork and productivity? A new study conducted by Quartz aims ... Read More

Wildlife filmaker provides a unique insight into the daily lives of bees

You may have seen bees flying around your backyard or local park, but it can be difficult for the naked human eye to grasp the full complexity of the lives of these pollinators. During the ... Read More