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Pollinators are incredibly important to the agricultural economy of New York and to the floral diversity of natural ecosystems. The Pollinator Network at Cornell is a multidisciplinary group of researchers, extension personnel and students that collectively work to understand wild and managed pollinators in New York, across the United States and around the world.

We are committed to promoting healthy pollinator populations and a sustainable beekeeping industry. Our research enables us to understand the biology and evolution of bees, investigate the role of pollinators in natural and agricultural systems, and identify the current factors threatening pollinator health. Our findings are communicated to growers, beekeepers, policymakers and the public through a variety of extension and outreach programs.

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Pollinator research news

A collage of different kinds of wild bees.


A museum exhibit – created in collaboration with Cornell experts, illustrators and students – seeks to shine a light on the vast diversity of wild bees through breathtaking photos, unusual specimens, video footage and extremely rare bee fossils...
  • Department of Entomology
  • Animals
  • Pollinators
A male and female student look on as a male student sticks a sign into the ground in the middle of a grassy, green garden


The Botanic Buzzline provides pollinators – especially those that can travel only very short distances between stops for nectar – with a continuous patch of uninterrupted flowers. It connects the Tower Road area near the Cornell Dairy Bar to the...
  • Cornell Botanic Gardens
  • Pollinators
  • Environment
Close up image of a bee


A new study rewrites a commonly cited theory about bee evolution and the cause behind an explosion in diversity of bee species some 120 million years ago.
  • Pollinators
Scott McArt examines bee colonies


Entomologist Scott McArt is partnering with a leading national solar developer on a groundbreaking study to determine the local benefits of wildflower plantings on solar sites in central New York and the Hudson Valley.
  • Pollinators