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Tuesday, February 7 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display. Changes of Native Bee Diversity in Agriculture Systems Due to Additional Habitat

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AUTHORS: Madison Almquist, Lake Superior State University; Dr. Gregory Zimmerman, Lake Superior State University

ABSTRACT: Bees, along with other pollinators, are necessary for many plants to reproduce. Although many agricultural crops are self-pollinated, pollinators can still cause an increase of yield for agriculture crops, thus creating incentive for farmers to put in extra habitat to attract these organisms. The purpose of this study was to assess different additional habitats in terms of increasing pollinator abundance. The habitats were a specifically designed pollinator habitat (CP-42) that is meant to attract pollinators through the use of floral resources, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), wetlands, and a drainage ditch with a border of CRP. Bee populations were evaluated using pan traps consisting of a colored 12 oz bowl (blue, white, or yellow) attached to a plant stand and then elevated above the crop’s canopy. The bowls were filled with a soapy water solution and left for 24 hours. Any bees caught in the trap were identified to genera. There was no detectable relationship between the different genera identified and the additional habitat that neighbored the agricultural field (p=0.73). When looking at the sizes of the different bee genera at the fields there was no significant difference detected (p=0.67). Although there was no distinction detected in the genera and the body sizes of these genera in the samples, these additional habitats are still important due to the undisturbed ground and other nesting supplies available for the bees to utilize.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Lancaster Ballroom

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