RDI projects


Project Information
NamePollination services - better yields and quality crops
ContactInka Nykänen
DescriptionMain objective of Pollination service project is to spread information about pollinators and pollination service. We organize workshops, seminars and field observation days, make publications and carry out piloting projects.

The dependence of plants on pollinators varies from plant to plant, but generally pollinated plants produce better yields. Some plants do not produce crop without insect pollination. Other plants, on the other hand, produce more and better quality crops when pollinated by insects. In many plant species successful pollination also results in uniform ripening. Pollination increases the size and weight of berries and fruits, improves their appearance and shape, and has a positive effect on transport and storage durability. Pollination also increases the sugar content of the berries, making them more tasty.

Using a pollination service is one way to ensure pollination. In pollination service, beekeeper brings his bee colony near the crop plant requiring pollination and gets a fair recompense. The beekeeper takes care of the nest and collects the produced honey. The farmer, on the other hand, takes care that the cultivation activities do not damage the bees.

Pollination service can offer more than just pollination. Honey bees can also be used for biological control of gray mold in strawberry and raspberry cultivation, where the bees spread the biological pesticide when flying from the nest to the flowers. Honey bees can also be used to spread a biological pesticide used to combat apple storage rot.
Funded byEMR flat rate 2014-2020