I my PostDoc project I study the pollination of apple and pear; how honeybee hive quality, presence of a native bumblebee and weather affects flower visitation, quantity and quality of fruits.
Pollination is one of the important ecosystem functions in agriculture to achieve full seed set in many crops. Furthermore, a lot of fruits and vegetables needs to be pollinated by insects. For instance, apples and pears need to be pollinated by insects to reach full fruit set of high quality.
In the last couple of decades the amount of pollinator dependent crops have increased. For a good reasons, not only economically, which currently may be the primary reason, but also these fruits and vegetables contain a lot of the nutrients that constitutes a healthy diet. This makes it even more important to understand how we can sustain the pollination services in the agricultural landscape.
The project started in September 2015 and will go on until September 2017. It is situated at the Universidad Nacional de Río Negro in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, and part of the AGRECO group headed by Lucas Garibaldi. This is part of the IRNAD centre which contain many different researchers and disciplines.
The Project is funded by CONICET, the national research council of Argentina.