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Blue Orchard Bees for Improving Cherry Pollination

Drs. Theresa Pitts-Singer and Lindsie McCabe will talk about pollination using the blue orchard bee (Osmia lignaria) in Washington cherry orchards. Dr Pitts-Singer will introduce the blue orchard bee’s biology and foraging pattern that makes it an ideal candidate for being a great cherry pollinator. Additionally, Dr. McCabe will go through a two-year case study showing the efficacy of using blue orchard bees in commercial cherry orchards. She will also discuss the survey results from the 2020 meeting survey. After you listen to this year’s presentation please fill out the new survey.

Washington State University