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Just adding pollinators could boost small-farm yields

Analysis shows bees, bugs could significantly increase crop production in poor-performing farms

2:13pm, January 21, 2016
Phacelia flowers

BE ATTRACTIVE A three-continent study finds that attracting more pollinators (by such techniques as planting the Phacelia flowers shown here) could help boost sagging yields on small farms.

Just sending more pollinators into action on small farms around the world could significantly boost crop yields, says a massive new study.

Coaxing more bees, beetles and other pollinators to buzz around small fields could on average boost crop yields enough to close the gap between the worst and the best of these farms by almost a quarter, says agroecologist Lucas Alejandro Garibaldi of the National University of Río Negro and Argentina’s CONICET research network.

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