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Julie Grossman standing cover crops

The story of how Big River Farms and CFANS are working together to improve soil health, pollinator habitat and landscape cover has a number of intriguing “plots” — all of them centered on cover crops and intended to make the science of environmentally-friendly farming accessible and beneficial to emerging farmers. Read more

college student and beeThrough the efforts of Elaine Evans, University of Minnesota Extension educator, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus became a certified Bee Campus in 2020. As an official Bee Campus, Extension and several University colleges will highlight and expand efforts to promote pollinator conservation. Read more

Louse slideThe Insect Collection, in partnership with the Terrestrial Parasite Tracker project, is launching a Notes For Nature expedition. In this crowdsourced project, you will see slide-mounted specimens of Phthiraptera and will help build our scientific database! Read more. 

beekeepingThere are some species of bees that are facing dwindling numbers, but honey bees are not one of them. In fact, Assistant Extension Professor Elaine Evans of the Bee Lab noted, "We have more honey bees on the landscape than ever before." And that, she said, means that increased beekeeping, particularly in major U.S. cities, can have a negative impact on those endangered bees we're concerned about. Read more. 

lawns graphicResidential landscaping contributes to an alarming ecological crisis: a steep decline in the health of pollinating animals, whose services provide one-third of the food we eat. They don’t just power the supermarket produce aisle; pollinators keep forests, parks, and shrublands humming. Read more.

Insect DrawerLearn about the University of Minnesota insect collection! Home to more than 4 million insect specimens that together create a story of how Minnesota's natural environment has changed over the decades — and what's possible for the future. Read more

honey beesThe Minnesota Agriculture for Pollinators Project (MAPP) is working with farmers and landowners across southwest Minnesota to discover answers on how to build robust habitats for bees and other pollinators that also provide pest control and ecosystem services for neighboring farms. Watch video

soybean aphidsUnmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, are constantly being used for new purposes. They help locate lost people, deliver packages, and now have proven their worth at detecting when agricultural crops are being stressed by insect pests, according a paper published in the Journal of Economic Entomology. Read more

lepidoptera donationThe University of Minnesota Insect Collection passed a milestone in 2019!  It now contains 4,035,133 specimens representing over 53,000 species. Read more

ash treesThe state’s population of ash trees should have been ruined by now. Instead, the invasion of a tree-killing beetle has dramatically slowed, leaving millions of the ash trees still standing.

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