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Agricultural Research Service

Title: Introduction: for Non-Native Crops, Whence Pollinators of the Future?

item Strickler, Karen - UOI, PARMA, ID
item Cane, James

Submitted to: Thomas Say Publications in Entomology
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: August 1, 2002
Publication Date: February 1, 2003
Citation: Strickler, K., Cane, J.H. 2003. Introduction. In: Strickler, K., Cane, J.H.,editors. For non-native crops, whence pollinators of the future?. Lanham, MD. Thomas Say Publications in Entomology. p.1-9.

Interpretive Summary: North America's crops and our primary agricultural pollinator, the honey bee, are both of Old World origin. Bee-keeping is beleagured by parasitic mites and diseases, however, revealing the risk of a single-pollinator portfolio. This chapter introduces a book that reviews experiences with development of alternative pollinators, and weighs the benefits and risks for introducing exotic bees for U.S.agriculture.

Technical Abstract: The risk of a single pollinator agricultural economy is revealed by the recent demise of honey bees and apiculture in North American agriculture. This chapter introduces a book whose chapters review lessons learned in developing alternative agriculture pollinators in North American- Osmia lignaria, Megachile rotundata, Nomia melanderi, Bobus spp. - and evaluate the ecological risks and benefits for introducing Old World pollinators.

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