A Landscape For Bees

Bees are essential members of the ecosystem: 75% of main meals crops have some stage of dependency on pollinators. Nonetheless, native bee populations are struggling due to lack of habitat and meals, typically attributable to city and suburban improvement. The excellent news is that a single tree or shrub can produce 1000’s of flowers with excessive-high quality pollen and nectar, offering bees with the protein and carbohydrates they should thrive.

Many sources encourage householders and land care managers to create bee-pleasant environments, however most of them embrace lists of really helpful vegetation not often backed by science. To rectify this, Dr. Daniel Potter surveyed 72 native and non-native woody plant species in 5 pattern websites all through the Ohio Valley area to doc which species appeal to which bees.

Potter ends his presentation with a listing of one of the best woody crops and suggestions for constructing a bee-pleasant panorama. He suggests planting a wide range of bushes and shrubs that bloom at totally different instances of the rising season — corresponding to a cornelian cherry dogwood that blooms within the early spring, a bottlebrush buckeye for the summer season season, and a seven sons flower tree for the autumn — to offer essential floral assets by means of the winter. Different suggestions might be discovered within the webcast.

This 19-minute webcast is a part of a module within the new Pollinators Hub on the Plant Administration Community (PMN). The module features a webcast, abstract webcast, podcast, slide set, and examine information. PMN is a cooperative, not-for-revenue useful resource for the utilized agricultural and horticultural sciences. Along with greater than 80 companions, which embody land-grant universities, scientific societies, and agribusinesses, PMN publishes high quality, utilized, and science-primarily based data for practitioners.