Balance the needs of pollinators with the need for pest management to grow and maintain beautiful plants
Develop comprehensive online resource for growers, landscapers, beekeepers and consumers based on pollinator attractiveness, pest susceptibility, and consumer preference
Develop and refine research methodologies on ornamental horticulture crops for EPA in pollinator risk assessments and supply relevant data.
WHY: knowledge is power, and we don’t know as much as we need to.
The US EPA relies on risk models to decide whether or not uses of an insecticide will cause undue risk to non-pest species when that insecticide is applied according to its label. Knowing which commonly grown plants are forage (food) for bees will help refine those risk assessments by filling in some of the knowledge gaps. Knowing how long insecticides residues are found in pollen and nectar will help provide guidance to growers on how soon before bloom they can manage pests with certain insecticides. Knowing this will also help provide a more accurate determination of risk.
Establish a framework for weighing economic, performance, and toxicology factors for decision making related to pest management while mitigating pollinator impact during production.
WHY: knowledge is power, especially when it is grouped together.
To make the best decisions, it is important to be able to compare pest management tools for how well they work, how they much costs to deploy, and any non-target pest impacts. Right now this information is scattered among many different resources. We want to make it easy for people to find.
Develop refined recommendations for growers, landscape managers, beekeepers and consumers based on research results.
WHY: knowledge is power, but only when it is used.
Ultimately, we want to be able to provide the best options for pest management while protecting pollinators. These options may be different for commercial plant producers (growers), landscape professionals, beekeepers, and homeowners.