Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rutgers Wins $3M Grant for Project to Protect Pollinators

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Rutgers Wins $3M Grant for Project to Protect Pollinators

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Rutgers University has been awarded nearly $3 million in federal grant money to conduct research on how to create the best balance between the often competing goals of controlling pest insects and weeds while protecting bees and other pollinators that are vital to crop production.

Significant declines in honeybee colonies, the monarch butterfly population and other wild pollinators have been caused by factors including loss of habitat, exposure to parasites and pathogens, and increased reliance on pesticides, according to a report last year in the journal Science.

The major decline among honeybees and other pollinators has come as demand for crop pollination has tripled, according to the report.

In 2014, beekeepers reported losing about 40 percent of honeybee colonies, and the number of overwintering monarch butterflies in Mexico's forests has declined by more than 90 percent or more over the past 20 years. …

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