Bees get top billing in Michigan State's $1.6M grant

Grant will support specialty crop yeields and profit by supporting wild and managed bees

Published On: Oct 04 2012 04:26:52 AM EDT
EAST LANSING, Mich. -

Michigan State University researchers say they hope to generate some buzz with a $1.6 million federal grant.

The East Lansing school announced Wednesday that the U.S. Agriculture Department grant will focus on supporting specialty crop yields and profit by supporting wild and managed bees. A team will lead a national crop pollination research and extension project.

Researchers also will examine adding habitat for bees to provide them with food when crops aren't in bloom. They hope the findings will increase growers' ability to better manage the bees for improved crop yield.

The team's crop research comprises farms across the United States: almonds in California, cherries in Michigan, pumpkins in Pennsylvania and blueberries in Florida.