pollinators

Cover crops in almond orchard. Photo courtesy of Almond Board of California.

Healthy orchards

A cover crop program designed to create a nutrient rich environment for pollinators more »

Varroa mites and deformed wing virus impacts on honeybees

Controlling for Varroa mites, the parasitic mites that feed on honeybees and serve as vectors for viral diseases like deformed wing virus (DWV), can help with improving honeybee populations and make b... more »

A map of the rusty patched bumble bee’s genome offers new approach to saving this pollinator

A detailed, high-resolution map of the rusty patched bumble bee's genome has been released by USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) scientists, offering... more »
Honeybees in a hive

2023 is looking like one of the worst years for honeybees in nearly two decades

Honey bees are the primary pollinator for many fruit and seed crops in the State of Washington. Since 2005 much has been written about the challenges honey bees face with the so call “Colony Collaps... more »

Monarchs and More

Nut growers program support native pollinator habitats. more »

The bees and the bees: Researching co-pollination

Honeybees may be the pollination front runner, but blue orchard bees are becoming a bigger piece of the puzzle more »

Monarchs and More Western Habitat Program open for applications

Site prep is conducted by the grower, seed is provided by Monarch Joint Venture, and the seed is designed to be location appropriate based on the region. more »

DNA research finds low genetic diversity among U.S. honeybees

The lack of genetic diversity creates a vulnerability for U.S. honeybees to survive in shifting climates that are now wetter or drier than usual. There is also concern that a honeybee's inability to fight off disease or parasitic infection. more »

Pollinator Partnership Bee Friendly Farming webinar registration open

This introductory webinar will take a look at the certification criteria and other topics. more »

California Supreme Court rejects review of bumblebee status

Agricultural groups argued that bumblebee protections could affect growing crops, herbicide and pesticide applications, and use of commercial honeybees to pollinate crops. more »

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