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S. Alan Walters and Jonathan R. Schultheis

behaviors of insect pollinators play a major role in determining gene flow in plant populations ( Collevatti et al., 2000 ; Handel and Mishkin, 1984 ; Levin et al., 1971 ). Pollinator movement among flowers of similar or closely related species is probably

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Benjamin Campbell, Hayk Khachatryan, and Alicia Rihn

butterfly ( Danaus plexippus )–friendly plants and donate to conservation programs. Each of these studies demonstrates that consumers value and want to aid pollinator insects through their gardening practices [such as purchasing monarch butterfly

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John E. Montoya Jr., Michael A. Arnold, Juliana Rangel, Larry R. Stein, and Marco A. Palma

). Therefore, it is important to investigate crop production systems that incorporate companion plantings that attract honeybees and other pollinators to agricultural crops. Even though a diverse plant community is important to support and maintain pollinator

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Hayk Khachatryan and Alicia Rihn

negatively impacting pollinator insect populations, whereas increased access to pollinator-friendly plants in the urban environment can mitigate some of that damage. Consequently, homeowners’ property management strategies could influence pollinator health

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Carter M. Westerhold, Samuel Wortman, Kim Todd, and Douglas Golick

plants. Pollinator conservation in the home landscape can be a challenge for homeowners because of the complexities of knowing which plants are beneficial to pollinators, how to design landscape features beneficial to pollinators, how to manage pollinator

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Heather Kalaman, Gary W. Knox, Sandra B. Wilson, and Wendy Wilber

possible way to help mitigate these threats is to increase the use of plants that enhance pollinator health by generating research-based information that is easily attainable by the public. In a recent survey, 46% of consumers purchased pollinator

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Bethany A. Harris, S. Kristine Braman, and Svoboda V. Pennisi

depending on insect pollinators ( U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2016 ). Plants use a variety of characteristics, such as color, shape, and odor, to attract insects ensuring that these flower visitors will not leave without being dusted with pollen. Certain

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Benjamin L. Campbell and William Steele

Pollinators play an integral part in the reproductive process of 75% to 95% of all flowering plants ( Ollerton et al., 2011 ; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2019a ), but the world has seen a substantial reduction in the abundance of pollinators

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María Teresa Ariza, Carmen Soria, Juan Jesús Medina-Mínguez, and Elsa Martínez-Ferri

cross-pollination and increase productivity per surface area. Planting early in the season may promote early growth and yield by breaking plant dormancy ( Kronenberg and Wassenaar, 1972 ). All of these cultural practices might affect the incidence of

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G.W. Krewer, K.S. Delaplane, and P.A. Thomas

Bumblebees (Bombus spp.) are important pollinators of mostly self-sterile rabbiteye blueberry (Vaccinium ashei Reade). Annual bee colonies start from solitary overwintered queens who emerge in near-synchrony with rabbiteye blueberry bloom. Although colony populations may reach several hundred individuals by midsummer, in early spring most Bombus visiting rabbiteye blueberry are queens reared the previous season. Thus, practices that encourage production of queens in summer may increase populations of blueberry pollinators the next spring. In south Georgia, midsummer shortages of nectar-yielding plants may nutritionally limit queen production, and cultured bee forages may help overcome this deficiency. Candidate plants must not compete with the crop for pollinators, and they must be attractive to bees, easy to grow, vigorous, and non-invasive. In 3 years of trials, the following plants have shown promise as supplemental bumblebee forages in south Georgia: Althea (Hibiscus syriacus), abelia (Abelia ×grandifolia), vitex (Vitex agnuscastus), red clover (Trifolium pratense perenne), Mexican heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia), monkey grass (Liriope muscari), summer sweet (Clethra alnifolia), and giant sunflower (Helianthus giganteus).