What is Operation Pollinator?
Operation Pollinator is a global Syngenta initiative that helps restore pollinators in agricultural, golf and other landscapes by creating essential habitats. Developed by Syngenta more than 15 years ago, this research-based program uses specially selected wildflowers to attract a variety of pollinators and increase biodiversity.
The program is conducted through collaboration with key stakeholders for wildflower seed mixtures, with Syngenta providing agronomic expertise and resources. Through Operation Pollinator, farmers, golf course superintendents and land managers strengthen the environment through a sustainable approach to biodiversity. In addition to helping restore vital populations of pollinators, Operation Pollinator provides habitats for small mammals and birds.
Learn about Operation Pollinator in the U.S. and around the globe
Research shows boosting pollinator populations is a clear benefit farmers can achieve through effective plant selection and management. Results from Operation Pollinator indicate pollinators respond positively when specially selected wildflower mixes are planted in key locations around the farm. Managing farm areas specifically for pollinator habitats significantly increases other biodiversity and brings about real environmental benefits, enabling growers to continue farming efficiently and profitably on the most productive parts of the field.
Based on scientific research and the experience of selected farmers, Operation Pollinator has not only helped restore vital populations of pollinating insects, but with careful site planning and management it can significantly reduce soil erosion and help protect valuable water resources from soil and nutrient pollution.
Turf & Landscape
Operation Pollinator provides golf course managers the tools and information needed to successfully establish and manage attractive wildflower resources crucial to pollinators. It also enhances the visual appearance of the course and overall playing experience. Golf courses around the country are well-suited to establish and preserve pollinator habitats.
Syngenta is working with golf course operators around the country, including Marriott Golf, establishing Operation Pollinator plots on U.S. courses. The program helps advance sustainable golf course management, while improving and enhancing the natural habitat for pollinators. It introduces specially selected wildflowers to attract bees and other pollinating insects to out-of-play areas. By the end of 2015, more than 200 U.S. courses across 28 states have established Operation Pollinator sites.
Additional Operation Pollinator Resources
Syngenta wants to increase broader awareness and adoption among farmers, golf course operators and land managers in the U.S. For information, download the Operation Pollinator brochures below:
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