A simple question about what matters most for pollinating plants and crops so pick-your-own customers and the world can have fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers: to be abundant with many kinds of wild bees or to be abundant with lots of wild bees… For two years, Rutgers ecologist Winfree and a research team studied three New Jersey farms- one with blueberries, one with cranberries and Honey Brook Organic Farm’s watermelon patch… "And it turns out the answer is mostly the latter, not completely, but mostly. To a first approximation, just having a lot of the wild, native bees on your farm will be giving you a lot of crop pollination," said Rachael Winfree… "There are some bee species that are super abundant. There’s one bumblebee in particular, called ‘Bombus impatiens,’ a very common bumblebee, it’s an excellent pollinator, and it might be easily half of the individual bees we would find on a given farm. So, if that’s the case, it’s pretty likely the case that a few species are enough to do a lot of your pollination," she said.
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