Blueberry Pollination Report 2019

Project Type: Partnership
Funds awarded in 2019: $29,990.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Grant Recipient: The Pennsylvania State University
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:
Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe
Penn State University
Blueberries depend on bee pollination to maximize yields. While different blueberry cultivars vary in their dependence for crop pollination, lack or suboptimal bee visitation can decrease fruit set and fruit weight. As part of our NE-SARE funded project, we are working on characterizing the pollinator community and the benefits of pollination for the blueberry crops . In 2019, we visited two farms to characterize the pollinator community and set up our experiments to quantify pollination limitation. This report provides a report of the information we collected in 2019. Specifically, you will find information about the pollinator diversity and abundance in your farm, and to what degree your crop yields benefit from pollination services. This experiment was repeated in 2021 and a second report is available with that information..
Margarita Lopez-Uribe, Penn State University
Kathy Demchak, Penn State Extension
Shelby Fleischer, Penn State University
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers
Ordering info:
Margarita M Lopez-Uribe
[email protected]
Penn State University
547 ASI Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.