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What is the Pollinator Project?

Nationwide Research Collaboration

Since 2016, UCCE San Diego has collaborated with eight other universities and institutions nationwide to study the effect that pesticide residue from ornamental horticulture production has on pollinators. This multi-disciplinary, nationwide study administered by the IR-4 Project will ultimately help shape guidelines on what pesticides are applied, and when, in the ornamental-plant industry, to reduce negative outcomes among pollinators.

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STEM Opportunity for Students

A student worker observes pollinators in our experimental plot at San Diego Botanic Garden, 2018.
A student worker observes pollinators in our experimental plot at San Diego Botanic Garden, 2018.

The Pollinator Project offers students hands-on paid field experience in identifying insects, collecting and managing data, and other STEM skills.  UCCE researchers also helped develop a pollinator training workshop at Cabrillo National Monument to teach San Diego community college students how to accurate survey bees as part of a long-term ecological monitoring project.

Experimental Garden Sites (click to view site names)