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Using bees to innoculate

 
Morgan Morrigan
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They are using bumbles to innoculate against grey rot on strawberries...

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/01/farmers-turn-to-bumblebees-to-save-strawberry-crops/
 
tel jetson
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interesting. certainly better than spraying fungicide. that the fungus occurs naturally in the soil suggests that fungicide and other dubious management caused the problem to begin with.
 
S Bengi
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bumble bee live in holes in the ground, so they normally transfer the inoculant to the strawberry plant.
I wonder if we have been doing anything to lower the amount of bumble bee or holes in the ground or inoculant, to have gotten us to the point where we are now.
 
Steven Feil
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S Bengi wrote:I wonder if we have been doing anything to lower the amount of bumble bee or holes in the ground or inoculant, to have gotten us to the point where we are now.


The first thing that came to my mind was MONOCULTURE. That and the tilling that goes along with it totally destroys the natural environment. In combination with pesticides and herbicides it is a death knell to the way nature normally takes care of herself. Anything short of that is inferior.
 
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