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Threats to agriculturally important pollinators have serious implications for human beings. A loss of bees translates to less successful crop pollination, thus reduced yield and poorer quality fruits. Native bees have the potential to serve as commercial pollinators. A diverse pollinator complex comprised of both honey bees and native bees should result in stable pollination levels and should be resistant to threats such as disease, fluctuating honey and crop prices, and honey bee transportation costs. Adding the goal of native bee conservation to land management increases the ecological integrity of an ecosystem by conserving a unique biological interaction that is the basis for most native wild plant reproduction. This report describes pollination in the cranberry agroecosystem and outlines steps to take to manage native bees in cranberry.

Document Type

Article

ISSN

1070-1524

Volume

191

Publication Date

9-1-2005

Publisher

Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station

City

Orono

Keywords

bees, native bees, cranberry

Disciplines

Biodiversity | Entomology

TB191: Conservation and Management of Native Bees in Cranberry

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