Today, bumblebees are recognized as one of the most effective pollinators for agriculture.
Compared with common pollinators –
bees – they win with a score of 5-0:
Due to the larger size and the number of hairs on the body they carry more pollen.
Great weight and a unique mechanism allows the wings work “to shake” flower harder.
The long proboscis allows to get those flowers that are not available for bees.
Bumblebees are active in flight – they fly in the temperature starting from +8C and in the rain.
Bumblebees visit more flowers.
200 BUMBLEBEE DO MORE
THAN 5,000 BEES
The need in bumblebees is growing faster than their natural populations, which gradually decrease due to the development of agricultural production. The more land involved in agriculture – the less natural variety of flowers is. The more intense use of chemical pesticides – the more insects die …
Commercial breeding of bumblebees began since the 80s of the 20th century and it acquires scientific and economic grounding every year.
Using bumblebees during flowering increases the harvesting capacity in 3 dimensions: QUALITY, QUANTITY and WEIGHT.
Certainly, it depends on the efficiency of the agro-biocenosis, the current weather conditions and so on. But the progressive number of farms in the world, which attract bumblebees for the pollinating, give evidence of economic feasibility.
Approximate marks for some crops:
Use of bumblebees is capable to double the weight and the number of berries
A quarter more crops compared with honey bees pollination
Bumblebees collect only pollen, while 9 out of 10 bees searching for nectar and do not perform as an active pollinators.
The number of grains in the basket is doubled when bumblebees work instead honeybees, and the oil content is increased by 3%
Analysis of the available results of the use of bumblebees was conducted by ARF “Dziva Krayina” analysts.
It is possible to see the data sources (on request) or to conduct your own experiments under the supervision of our specialists.