The Deleware University is testing the pollination with native bumble bee instead of honeybees. Pollinators are very important in crop production and their activity affects 80% of the whole crop production in Deleware. For this reason a research project is investigating the field application of bumble bee pollination, also to improve their pollinating performanches.
Deleware University researcher Deborah Delaney, an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, explains bumble bees have some behauvoir peculiarities: 'Their attributes include the speed at which they transfer pollen, their buzz pollination behavior, and their ability to fly in adverse weather for long periods of time.'
Although in nature bumble bee live in the soil, UD researchers are trying to raise them in boxes (Source: Deleware University, March 15, 2011).
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Source: Deleware University
Author: Luca Federico Fianchini, Mar 18, 2011