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MSU Researchers Study Ways to Enhance Pollinators’ Habitat

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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A team of Michigan State University entomologists will use a new grant close to $1 million to study pollinators and to engage with key stakeholders in four regions…

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New Resources Available for Farmers for National Pollinator Week

Monday, June 12, 2017

How can farmers help bees and ensure they get reliable pollination for their crops? That question is being addressed by the Integrated Crop Pollination Project, which is celebrating…

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MSU Gets Grant to Fight Tart Cherry Tree Pest

Monday, June 5, 2017
Spotted Wing Drosophila

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, awarded $150,000 today to scientists at Michigan State University…

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Proves Formidable Fruit Foe

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs works with his students and staff in the laboratory.

When a tiny invasive fly — the size of a grain of rice — called spotted wing drosophila (SWD) first arrived in California from Asia in 2008, researchers weren’t overly…

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MSU Researchers Making Progress in Protecting Bees

Friday, June 24, 2016
wild bee

It’s been four years since Michigan State University AgBioResearch entomologist Rufus Isaacs and his team set out to find methods that could help growers ensure their crops were…

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MSU Researchers Lead Efforts to Thwart Invasive Fruit Pest

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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A tiny vinegar fly from eastern Asia called spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is fast becoming one of the most intensively studied insects at Michigan State University (MSU). That’s…

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Decline of Wild Bees Threatens U.S. Crops

Monday, December 21, 2015

The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they’re disappearing in many of the country’s most-important farmlands. If losses of these crucial pollinators continue, the new…

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Responding to Invasion: Protecting Michigan’s Fruit Industry

Friday, November 21, 2014
Rufus Isaacs

Michigan’s fruit industry boasts more than 22,000 acres devoted to small fruit production; blueberries account for a whopping 20,900 of those. Valued at $118.5 million, the blueberry industry…

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