at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have joined forces with scientists and
practitioners from across Europe to form the Super-B network. Insect pollinators (eg solitary bees, bumblebees
and hoverflies) have declined globally and with insect pollination increasing
yields in over 70% of crops worldwide, declines pose a threat to agricultural
the face of insect pollinator declines, the Super-B
network aims to increase the sustainability of crop pollination in Europe. While a wide range of wild insects have the
potential to pollinate crops, farmers
and growers often over rely on honeybees. Reliance on a single species is risky especially since honeybees are
vulnerable to pests and diseases. Pollination may therefore become limited by
the availability of honeybees, particularly in Europe where honeybees are
typically kept for honey production rather than for pollinating crops (a
practice relatively common in the United States).
Super-B hopes to identify
how beekeepers’ preferences and farmers’ requirements can be better integrated
by increasing our understanding of:
preferences for forage plants and crops.
preferences for managed and wild pollination of specific crops.
help answer these questions the Super-B
network has developed two questionnaires. One aimed at farmers and growers while the other is aimed at beekeepers. SRUC
researchers are asking for your help to make sure that Scotland’s farmers and growers are properly
represented. If you grow crops that are pollinated by insects (eg oilseed rape, beans, soft fruits, orchard
fruits etc) please spare 15-20 minutes of your time to answer our
ensure that our farmers and growers
are represented in their own right, please identify your country as Scotland
rather than the UK in the online questionnaire.
Answer our questionnaire
you have any questions, require additional information or a paper copy of the
questionnaire please don’t hesitate to contact Lorna Cole.
Phone: 01292 525 295