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New research aims to boost longevity of bees for growers

15th December 2020 By Staff Reporter | | @foodtickernz

New research backed by the Ministry for Primary Industries could help bee hives live longer and be more efficient.

The project, led by grower Gourmet Waiuku, was exploring ways to protect the long-term sustainability of New Zealand horticulture, including how to enhance the performance of bumblebees using pheromones.

“Enhancing bumblebee activity would mean better pollination for growers, which means higher yields and better quality produce,” said MPI investment programmes director Steve Penno.

MPI was contributing $160,000 towards the $400,000 project through its Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures fund.



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