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Grad Student Seeks Solution for Pollinator Decline

by on September 13, 2017 5:00 AM

With the decline of insect pollinators alarming scientists, Emily Erickson, a Penn State doctoral student in entomology, is focused on a conservation solution.

Her research looks at native bee species and diverse groups of insects to see which ornamental plants are most attractive to insect pollinators, which are critical to more than 75 percent of the world's food crops. One of Erickson's most recent studies focuses on butterflies' nectar-to-sugar ratios to see which plants pollinators prefer.

Understanding pollinators' nutrition ultimately helps Erickson and other researchers address planting and vegetation efforts.

"It makes me excited that the work I do now can have a major influence on pollinator health in the long run," she says.

Centre County Report's Erin Dolan has more on Erickson and her research.

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