Marsha

Help with bee research

Have you heard of Colony Collapse Disorder? In short, bees are disappearing—and no one knows why.* This is very bad news, because bees are vital for pollination of numerous plants, including many of those in agriculture.

Scientists are trying to figure out what’s going on. One project, run by a biology professor at San Francisco State University, invites—and depends on, actually—public participation: the Great Sunflower Project. They’re sending free sunflower seeds (specifically for Lemon Queen plants) to gardeners who promise to plant the seeds, observe the bees who visit your flowers, and send in your data.

I found out about this too late last year to participate, but I signed up right away. My seed packet should get here any day now, and I can’t wait to plant them in my garden and start counting bees! If you want to participate, too, visit the project website and sign up!

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*You can read more about CCD in these places:
The Daily Green
—The Great Sunflower Project website (especially this article, which ran in Bee Culture magazine)
Wikipedia (of course)

3 Responses to “Help with bee research”

  1. Chrison 20 Mar 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I’ll have to post about this next week!

  2. Bethon 21 Mar 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for the info. Sounds like fun, I signed up!

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