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Engaging Maine Blueberry Growers to Develop Tools for Native Bee Use and Conservation (S.Hanes, F.Drummond,K. Collum, B.DuClos, A.Hoshide collaborators)

Duration

July 2014 - December 2015

Narrative

Pollinator loss is a significant, global problem for crop and wild plants that rely on animal pollination. Although many growers continue to rely heavily on honey bee pollination services, there is growing interest in reliance on pollination by native species, however, there is uncertainty about how this change in pollinator reliance may affect crop yield. This
research addresses Maine lowbush blueberry growers’ need for tools that help them use and conserve native bees. The project is developing a spatial “pollination toolkit” for growers to use to assess the quality of bee habitat in their crop landscape and identify optimum locations for planting bee pastures.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • DuClos, B., R.W. Powell, F.A. Drummond, and C.S. Loftin. BeeMapper: an online agricultural decision support system on an open source web mapping framework. To be submitted to Computers in Electronics and Agriculture.

Presentations

  • DuClos, B.L., S.P. Hanes, C.S. Loftin, and F.A. Drummond. 2014. Wild Blueberry Commission Advisory Board Meeting, Brunswick, ME, November
  • DuClos, B.L., S. Hanes, C.S. Loftin, F. Drummond. 2014. A web-based tool for grower assessment of native bee abundance in the wild blueberry production landscape. Presentation at the 1 December Maine EPSCoR State Conference, Wells Conference Center, Orono, ME. (poster)
  • DuClos, B., S.P. Hanes, C.S. Loftin, and F.A. Drummond. 2015. A web-based tool for grower assessment of native bee abundance in the wild blueberry production landscape. Maine State Wild Blueberry Growers meeting, Bangor, ME, March 15.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 22

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 28

Scientific Publications: 54

Presentations: 266

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Sustainability Solutions Initiative, University of Maine

Links

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Maine
  5. Wildlife Management Institute