MSU pollinator team lands nearly $1 million to improve landscapes for healthy pollinators

A team of Michigan State University entomologists will use a nearly $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to expand and enhance habitat for honey bees, wild bees and monarch butterflies.

June 22, 2017

Rufus Isaacs

A team of Michigan State University entomologists will use a nearly $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to expand and enhance habitat for honey bees, wild bees and monarch butterflies.

The grant, part of a $6.8 million USDA grant announcement, also will be used to disseminate best management practices for pollinator conservation in agricultural landscapes.

“The challenges faced by honey bees, wild bees and other flower-visiting insects threaten our food security,” said Rufus Isaacs, MSU entomologist who will be leading the grant. “Addressing this in Michigan is of particular importance. The state is home to a significant honey bee industry that provides local and national pollination services and honey production, and Michigan is a leader in fruit and vegetable production, which depends on these insects for pollination.”

Read the full story at MSU Today: MSU lands USDA grant to improve landscapes for healthy pollinators.

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