Important blueberry pollinators in Maine

Dr. Frank Drummond spoke on blueberry pollination

Dr. Frank Drummond spoke on blueberry pollination

Dr. Frank Drummond, professor of Entomology  at UMaine, described the role of native pollinators, honeybees and bumblebees in pollinating Maine‘s wild blueberries. Each pollinator insects offers ecologically- and economically-important services. Dr. Drummond presented “A wild, wild world of pollination Down East: renegade bees and loaded pistils” at the 2013 URI Ledermann Lecture.

Blueberries spread by rhizomes; patches of a single lowbush blueberry can be 20 to 100 meters across – all genetically identical (clones). 80 percent of blueberries need cross-pollination from different plants. (Less than 20% of blueberries can self-pollinate.) Some varieties are universal pollinators. Like many fruit plants, there are varieties that bloom early and in mid-season and these plants have co-evolved with different pollinators for these periods.

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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