Three new projects aimed at generating critical information on pollinator safety and pesticide management will be funded by a group of stakeholders that includes AEM.

The Corn Dust Research Consortium (CDRC) said recipients of this year’s grants include:

  • Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk at the University of Montana, Missoula, who will examine the long-term health consequences of exposure of honey bee colonies to dust emitted during planting of neonicotinoid-treated corn seed.
  • Dr. Reed Johnson at Ohio State University and Dr. Art Schaafsma at the University of Guelph, who will continue to examine strategies for reducing the chances of exposure that honey bees face during corn planting.

The CDRC was created by the Pollinator Partnership as a vehicle to fund, oversee, and advise on research projects that further understanding for mitigating seed treatment exposure of honey bees during corn planting.

The CDRC brings together industry, academia, government, farmers, and beekeepers in an effort to collaborate on solutions to bee health issues.

For more information, contact AEM’s Dan Moss (, tel: 708-217-8201).