Alternative Crop Pollinators: identification, biology, and conservation
Participants will learn about wild pollinators for fruit and vegetable crops, how to identify them, and how to protect or enhance their populations. This workshop will also cover alternative managed pollinators for crops, such as bumble bees, and the pollination requirements for different fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Rachel Mallinger is a pollinator ecologist focusing primarily on native wild bees. She is interested in the basic biology of native wild bees, their response to anthropogenic disturbance, and their role in the pollination of both crop and wild plants. A major focus of her research program is to integrate approaches from landscape ecology and community ecology to better understand pollinator community dynamics and plant-pollinator interactions at multiple spatial scales. She conducts research in a variety of ecosystems, including natural, agricultural and urban, with the overarching goal of informing pollinator conservation and improving pollination services.