UAC Magazine - Summer 2021

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Help save the bees

Your lawn could play a role by Maggie Narvil, UGA CAES News

UGA researchers have been looking for ways to reverse the decline of pollinator populations by examining centipedegrass as a food source for pollinators.

Over the past few decades, pollinators have been in decline worldwide, which is concerning because 70% of crops used for human food depend on pollinators. Turfgrasses – used for most residential lawns – often take some of the blame for pollinator decline as they are known to be wind-pollinated and were thought not to serve as a pollinator food source, until now. University of Georgia and U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers identified bees that were collecting pollen from the flowers of a turfgrass called centipedegrass. The researchers have been looking for ways to reverse the decline of pollinator populations by examining centipedegrass as a food source for pollinators, with hopes of normalizing lowmaintenance, bee-friendly lawns.

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Their findings have been published in the Journal of Entomological Science and Insects. The study was led by College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty Shimat Joseph and David Jespersen on the UGA Griffin campus alongside USDA researcher Karen Harris-Shultz in Tifton. “Insect pollinators are frequently described in the media as needing help and homeowners may not realize that their lawns could help these insect pollinators. They also may be applying insecticides to their centipedegrass lawns and may not realize they may be harming bee populations,” said Harris-Shultz, a USDA research geneticist. The long-term goal of the study is to promote beefriendly grasses. Some types of turfgrasses require


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Bulbs in turfgrass Research examines performance

8min
pages 50-53

Seeing brown instead of green? Influx of disease to evergreens

5min
pages 46-49

Help save the bees Your lawn could play a role

4min
pages 44-45

NICH update Gearing up for the 2023 Farm Bill

2min
pages 42-43

Promoting water stewardship

2min
page 41

Keep it growing UGA Hort Club helps grow scholarship funding

2min
pages 36-37

Martinez recognized for excellence APS award

5min
pages 38-39

Capitol Connection UAC member poll results

1min
page 35

Legislative update

7min
pages 32-34

Irrigation info for your customers Benefits of "smart" irrigation

1min
page 31

Is your marketing working? Part 1 How would you know?

4min
pages 28-29

Safety works Water, rest, shade

5min
pages 20-21

What the tech? Marketing automation

3min
pages 16-17

Changing your focus Zooming in on a solutions-based approach

4min
pages 24-25

Marketing 101 Series, Part 1 Value propositions

4min
pages 26-27

GALA GALA is back and better than ever

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page 7

Pro project Water conservation in action

1min
pages 18-19

Supply and demand Impacts to the market

6min
pages 22-23

Executive Director message

3min
page 5
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