Verification of existing pollination studies

Description 

Honey bees are used widely throughout North America and Europe for the commercial pollination of a variety of crops including blueberry and cranberry. The provision of pollination services is a major source of income for many beekeepers, and is a determining factor in the economic success or failure of many beekeeping enterprises. Additional research is required on a priority basis to determine whether pollination by Apis mellifera colonies increases the productivity of blueberry, cranberry crops, strawberries and other flowering crops in NL. Such research should be multi-year to take into account climatic variables peculiar to the province as well as annual variations in native pollinator species. The research should also confirm data supporting recommended Apis mellifera stocking rates recommended for blueberries and cranberries on Mainland North America.

Start date 
5 Apr 2017