Pollination: A mutualistic interaction between plants and bees.
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Ecology: Study of the interactions between organisms and their
A grower once asked me why my position is called “pollination ecology”.
“Ecology”, often associated with environmental activism, has a bad
reputation among many growers.
I wasn’t involved in deciding on the job title, but I like it.
What I like about this title, Pollination Ecology, is that it emphasizes
interactions and relationships, rather than isolated entities. Thus, the
position is not just bee management; it also involves the relationships
between the bees and the alfalfa plants, pest species, and the grower’s