Bee Health
 
Chile, tomatoes and watermelons. Those are just some of the more than 100 crops that depend on honeybees for pollination. Bees pollinate 15 billion dollars worth of crops each year in the United States alone, and they are responsible for every third bite you eat. Pollination occurs when bees move pollen from pant to plant as they collect nectar. Recognizing the importance of bees in food production, researchers at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas have been working on the New Mexico Pollinator Project.  The goal of this initiative is to identify plants that attract and retain pollinators.  Farmers use the list to plant bee-friendly habitat in the corners of crop circles and in the spaces between fields and roads.  You can help with increasing bee populations by planting one of the over 100 annuals, perennials and woody shrubs identified by the researchers that provide habitat and nectar for the bees.  The list can be found by here.