Leap of faith proves pollination can be honeybee free

ITHACA, N.Y. – As the state’s land-grant institution, Cornell University was born to explore science for the public good – a mission that can sometimes require a leap of faith. Just such a leap is paying off now at Cornell Orchards in Ithaca, as researchers and managers from the Horticulture Section of the School of […]

Bee warned – Study finds pesticides threaten native pollinators

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new Cornell study of New York state apple orchards finds that pesticides harm wild bees, and fungicides labeled “safe for bees” also indirectly may threaten native pollinators. The research, published June 3 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, finds the negative effects of pesticides on wild bees lessens in proportion […]

Supporting pollinators – Don’t forget about wild bees

Bryan Danforth, professor in Cornell’s Department of Entomology studies the role of wild (native) bees in crop pollination, remind people that while the federal government’s interest in reversing the decline in honey bees is a step in the right direction, they shouldn’t forget the native wild pollinators who also provide important pollination services for agricultural […]