Video Explores Bee Pollination of Cucumber Fields

Michigan State University Vegetable Entomology Lab has released a four-minute video on pollination of pickling cucumbers by honey bees, as part of its work under a USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant. The research project found that most cucumbers are pollinated by honey bees, but that bees prefer pollen from other plants. It also revealed that large colonies of bees are needed for effective pollination, and that moving colonies of honey bees within the field causes the colonies to grow more slowly than stationary colonies.