RE: [beemonitoring] N GA Native Pollinator Assessment & Bio-Inventory
Hi Nick and Rufus,
I am a collaborator on an SCRI grant led by Anne Averill of UMass which is also focusing on crop pollination – I am working on pumpkin/squash, Anne on cranberry in Mass, Frank Drummond on lowbush blueberry in Maine, and Brian Drayton on apple in NY. It would be good for us to be in touch with your groups, too.
Ct Agricultural Experiment Station
I'm very interested!
We're just wrapping up a couple SARE grants, & are planning to apply for the USDA/AFRI grant due Feb. Is this what you are referring to? It seems, through the grant synopsis, that a couple of the sub-categories relate to my work directly. If you have any insights into this grant, or other sources of funding which might be applicable, I'm eager to get as much information as possible.
Per collaboration, I'm very interested in working with &/or touching base with any studies either regionally related or in line with my agricultural/entomological focuses. Also, any phenological studies, especially focused on the earlier springs we in the East have experienced the past couple years, are of special interest to me. We've found some very intriguing trends - such as the diversity/abundances of early vernal taxa (Osmia particularly, but also Bombus, Andrena, Colletes, Anthophora, Xylocopa, etc) between 'traditional' blooms & these exceptionally warm/premature blooms of 2011/12 - which I'd love to compare against similar studies.
Feel free to contact me personally - e-mail tends to be best!
On Monday, November 5, 2012, Isaacs, Rufus wrote:
Thanks for forging the linkages. Note that we have USDA funding, not FDA (although it would make sense for another food agency to be involved). I’m hoping to chat with Nick about his studies soon to see if there are some ways we might coordinate our efforts.
Nick, there is a recently funded FDA/SCRI program (Sustainable Crop Pollination) that has just begun ramping up. I believe your data would be extremely valuable to the teams already working in this. You may be already in touch with Dave Biddinger or one of his team who is working on the apple/cherry portions, or with Rufus Isaac (blueberry). If not, I believe your data would be extremely valuable to this project.
Would you mind sharing your research?
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Hey Sam & beemonitoring;
My study is a multi-year, season-long assessment of native pollination services, as well as an intensive bio-inventory of native pollinator biodiversity.
Running from 2010, we have thus far collected around 20,000 native Apoidea and over 100,000 total insects, which I'm currently working through 2012's speci
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