New Discovery, More Bees Mark Michigan's First, Full Bee Census

Thursday, December 21, 2017
The first complete bee census, led by Michigan State University scientists, confirmed a new species and revealed that the actual number of bee species in Michigan exceeded earlier estimates.

Identifying potential pollinators is crucial, especially in the face of declining honey bee populations. All pollinators make an estimated $14 billion annual contribution to U.S. agriculture, so it’s imperative to understand wild bee populations and their benefits to crops and the environment.

The monograph is featured in a recent issue of the journal Zootaxa and shows that the Great Lakes State hosts 465 species of bees – the highest number of species reported by surrounding states.

NIFA supported the program through the Integrated Crop Pollination Project. 

Read the full article in MSU Today.

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