Bumblebees Instead of Pesticides Save Berry Crop from Mold

Bumblebees Instead of Pesticides Save Berry Crop from Mold

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strawberries flowering-Iceman0-MorguefileSquadrons of bumblebees are being deployed in the UK in a novel attempt to prevent grey mold from ruining the crop of summer strawberries.

The bees are routed via a one-way system in their hive through a tray of harmless fungus spores which, when delivered to flowers, ensure that the grey mold cannot take hold as the fruit grows. New flowers on a strawberry crop open every day, which means that spraying with pesticides only protects those that are open at the time.

“But the bees visit the flowers at the perfect moment for that flower.”

(READ the story in the Guardian)

Photo by Sun Star

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