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Entomologist Keith Delaplane discusses the importance of pollination.

 

Pollination is a great oversight in American agriculture.

Good bee pollination means higher yields and quality for many important crops. Aside from higher incomes for growers, good pollination helps create a food supply that promotes human health and well-being.

The abundance, quality and variety of food enjoyed today in much of the developed world — a bounty unmatched by any other period in history — derives in no small measure from bee pollination.

Pollinating bees, whether naturally occurring or managed, are a precious resource. Parasitic mites and habitat loss have conspired to make the wild bee population unreliable for commercial pollination. Beekeepers have also felt the devastating effect of mites.

Research is critical in combatting these dropping populations of pollinators. Dr. Keith Delaplane and the beekeeping program at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are working to gather data on the critical role bees play in the food supply and to find solutions to the mite infestation.

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