SWCC’s Pollinator Program
The SWCC‘s most recent Production and Pollination workshop with Wadandi/Pibulmun cultural custodian Iszaac Webb at Barrabup Pool Nannup explored the importance of pollination, bush management and the role of fire in maximising pollination, and its flow on effects. Other workshops at Woodanilling in April discussed how revegetating degraded native vegetation with beneficial plants could help pollination in nearby canola crops and control pests more broadly.
Dr Saul Cunningham from ANU’s Fenner School of Environment and Society, describes the effect that bee management has on crop health and productivity in the following article;
He wants to highlight that “research is busting myths such as the assumption that if a crop self-fertilised then insect pollinators will not be important. Experiments show that even these crops, such as many Brassica species including canola, yield more when insects increase the rate of pollination.”
Workshops are supported by SWCC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. For more information about the SWCC’s Pollinator Program, contact Wendy Wilkins on 0448 939 307