UMaine researchers develop wild bee habitat assessment tool

University of Maine researchers, including doctoral student Brianne Du Clos and her advisor Dr. Frank Drummond, have developed a tool called “BeeMapper” that will allow blueberry growers to assess the predicted wild bee abundance in the landscape surrounding their crop fields. Knowing the numbers and types of wild bees in the surrounding landscape will help growers budget how many honeybee hives to rent and help determine if they could take more action to enhance wild pollinator populations on their fields. Full story is available at the UMaine News Update website.