We are seeking growers who are willing to allow us to screen for plant pathogens using bees on their farms. We are developing a method to screen for pathogens using genomics-based sequencing approaches and are interested in sampling from a variety of tree fruit orchards (apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums) and blueberry farms.
By collecting pollen and bee samples from an orchard, we can get a good idea of any pollen transmittable pathogens present in the orchard. Major pollen transmitted viruses include Apple Mosaic Virus, Prunus Necrotic Ringspot Virus, and Tomato Ringspot Virus.
We are hoping to work with growers in the region to obtain pollen and bee samples during pollination of orchards and blueberry farms. We would need access to your farm during the month of May and the permission of the owner of the beehives to sample.
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