With constant decline in bee pollinators and increasing usage of harmful pesticides over past few years, the need for adopting environment-friendly solutions for organic and sustainable farming. The researchers reveal that the best strategies to expand and increase the production of the crop is bee pollination. But, scientists also suggested that this process will have huge effect when the area surrounding the farm has optimum proportion of agricultural land and natural habitat.
For the first time, the researchers from Cornell University examined this theory in a study of strawberry crops in New York. They found that the wild flower strip in the agricultural land increased pollinators when the farm is enclosed within a ‘Goldilocks zone’. Therefore, more pollinators in this ideal zone will significantly boost crop yield. This study has certain implication on the state and federal programs in the U.S. for establishing pollinator’s habitats in the agricultural field.
Farms Enclosed with Natural Habitats will Significantly Boost the Crops Yield
The main motive behind the Goldilocks Zone process is that the farm enclosed by huge natural habitats would not add more effective insects. In contrast, the agricultural farm surrounded by the several other natural farms may not have effective insects, and this further makes the wildflower strip less attractive to draw more and more bees for the benefits of the crops production.
The scientist also revealed further that over the course of next few years, the wildflower strips becomes more effective. As a result the survey also disclosed that the range between 25 to 55 percent is best for attracting more bees for making the crops more healthier.
According to study, the researchers also concluded that there are several varieties of wildflower species and only some of the species have the capacity to attract more bees while others may have not be beneficial. Nevertheless, the study also reveals how the habitats from the flower stimulate pathogen diffusion for bees, which is also leading influencer of decline in bee.