Pollinators Working Group

Promoting IPM Practices to Protect Pollinators

Justification

One third of all crops depend on pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and other insects and animals, play an enormous role in plant reproduction. Pollinators provide approximately $20 billion worth of pollination for American crops each year. Common concerns surrounding pollinators include: use of neonicatonoic insecticides, Colony Collapse Disorder, loss of habitat/urbanization, climate change, etc.

Lead

Dr. D. Seth Carley, Associate Director, SIPMC

Other members

TBA (Will include faculty from Land-grant Universities, growers, Feds, industry partners, etc.) from across the Southern Region, maybe even potential informal collaboration from other Regional Centers

Objectives

  1. Gather group in some fashion (face to face or via video conferencing)
  2. Facilitated group "expert" discussion to coordinate communication, research and outreach efforts among WG members that will help them to:
    • Establish a base-line of what is currently happening (this will help inform priority setting) and
    • Enhance public understanding of the importance of pollinators and pollinator-health, and
    • Develop/disseminate information about/emphasize IPM practices that will protect pollinators and
    • Promote the increased adoption of IPM practices and implementation that are "pollinator-protection" specific

Outputs/Outcomes

  1. A clear list of priorities from our group about the specific needs for more information on IPM practices for protecting pollinators in crops (also see point 2 below)
  2. Help to establish recommendations for pollinator protection practices in crops
  3. We will need to establish what we already have and where the gaps are
  4. Survey growers across the region to establish a baseline for who is (or is not) using pollinator-protecting IPM, etc. (will need assistance from our evaluation specialist for this portion)
  5. Focus on information dissemination and maybe even workshops to share information about the importance of pollinators and protection
  6. Do subsequent surveys to document "adoption" practices and successes
  7. Develop a corresponding page on our IPM website to share this information/and include in SIPMC social media feeds (will need help from our Communications Specialist on this)
  8. Develop language that can be incorporated into IPM documents (IPM Elements) to support pollinator protection
  9. Pollinator habitat and demonstration gardens will be established in multiple-states to act as educational/demonstration sites