Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences


USDA grant provides $1.6M for Integrated Crop Pollination Project

USDA Grant

Environmental Sciences assistant professor, Kelly Garbach, is part of a nation-wide team that received a 1.6 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The 5-year grant, coordinated by Michigan State University, involves nine universities and partner organizations. Garbach brought the grant to Loyola when she joined the faculty; she was involved with developing the project that USDA approved in summer 2012. The research team focuses on sustaining specialty crop yields with pollination by both wild and managed bees. Garbach is working with farmers and extension professionals to understand management practices that support wild pollinators and their benefits for apples, almonds, blueberries, and squash.  This is a significant achievement, not only for Professor Garbach and Loyola University, but also for the team as this research may help the agricultural community implement effective pollination strategies high-value crops. Read more about the Integrated Crop Pollinationproject goals, outputs and contributing partners. We congratulate Kelly Garbach on being a part of this exciting initiative.