USask research into pollinators gets huge boost

Research into pollinator bees is getting a big boost at the University of Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Beekeepers, B.C. Blueberry growers and BASF Canada are providing $750,000 to create a permanent veterinary research chair into bee pollinator health.

Jeff Bertholet with BASF says bees are important for pollinating prairie crops.

“It’s part of our job and responsibility to the industry to help defend modern agriculture,” said Bertholet. “Showing that there’s a place for crop protection products alongside pollinators and biodiversity. The two can work together if there’s proper stewardship.”

The goal of the honeybee research is to enhance crop and forage yields through increased pollinator activity.

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