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Researcher Enlists Honeybees as “Flying Doctors” Against Crop Disease

Strawberry fields in Finland are plagued by grey mold, a fungus that quickly transforms scarlet berries into shaggy grey blobs, wrecking 20 percent of the country’s annual crop, on average.

But Finland’s organic fruit farmers have a swarm of new allies in the battle against grey mold. Dr. Heikki Hokkanen, a researcher at the University of Helsinki, has enlisted bees to carry biological treatments from flower to flower, warding off disease as they pollinate.

Press Release: OFRF Welcomes Dr. Diana Jerkins as Research Program Director

 
Press Release
 
OFRF Welcomes Dr. Diana Jerkins as Research Program Director
 
SANTA CRUZ, CA - Organic Farming Research Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Diana Jerkins, has joined our staff as OFRF’s Research Program Director.