Archive for September, 2010

North state bumblebee goes missing

Published on September 27, 2010

By: Laura Christman,

Robbin Thorp is on a lonely search for a single bee. He’s looked low and high, hoping to spot Franklin’s bumblebee. The last time he saw one was August 2006 on Mt. Ashland in Oregon. The bee might be extinct. Thorp, a bumblebee authority and emeritus entomology professor at the University of California at Davis, remains hopeful that it isn’t. That’s why he keeps looking.

Improving pollinator habitat nationwide

Published on September 24, 2010

By: Kathy Keatley Garvey, UC Newsroom

DAVIS — Native pollinator specialist Neal Williams, assistant professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, has received a three-year federally funded research grant aimed at improving pollinator habitat plantings in nationwide agricultural settings.

Pollinator Value of NRCS Plant Releases used in Conservation Plantings

Published on September 7, 2010

The Plant Materials Program of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service has been involved in the collection, evaluation, selection and increase of conservation plants for over 75 years. The Plant Materials Centers (PMC), and their conservation partners, have selected and made available to the public over 600 grasses, forbs, legumes and trees to address conservation issues Read more …