Pollinators and Biofuels
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USGS scientists are studying how biofuel crops may be affecting pollinators, especially in the Northern Great Plains. Changes in land use from bee-friendly crops to biofuel crops likely impact pollinators.
Learn more about our research by visiting the web pages below.
- Improving forage for honey bees and native pollinators on Federal conservation lands
Northern Prairie’s research quantifies the impact on pollinator forage and health of USDA conservation programs provisioned through the Farm Bill. We also are working with our USDA partners to evaluate conservation seeding mixes with potential to improve pollinator health in the Great Plains and upper Midwest, if included in programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program.
- The pollinator library: a decision-support tool for improving national pollinator conservation efforts
Pollinator declines have emphasized the need for a greater understanding of plant-pollinator networks and land management activities that improve pollinator habitat. At the request of USDA and FWS partners, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center created the Pollinator Library for managers and researchers interested in improving pollinator forage on federal and private lands.
Quantifying the effects of land-use change and bioenergy crop production on ecosystem services in the Northern Great Plains
This research seeks to understand how land-use changes and biofuel crop development affect ecosystem services in the NGP. For example, the NPWRC biofuels research team studies how land-use change and habitat alteration affects pollinator health and the ability of bees to pollinate agricultural crops.
Understanding how land-use change in the northern Great Plains affects pollinator health and pollination services
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is conducting a regional research project to understand how land use affects honey bee colony health, and the economic revenue that beekeepers incur during the pollination season and when making new colonies the subsequent spring. Specifically, we are investigating how land use affects honey bee colony population size during the growing season (May–September), and whether these impacts have subsequent influence on colony population size and survival for almond pollination in central California the following February.