Pollinate Plus

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Instar Naturals
Pollinate Plus

Overview

Using the same powerful attractants as its professional grade counterpart Pollinate Pro, Pollinate Plus is an extended release bee attractant system that can boost the yields in your garden. Proper use of Pollinate Plus can encourage honey bee foraging and enhance pollination in flowering crops where honey bee pollination is important or required. Pollinate Plus maximizes the release of these attractants giving the product longer life in the field, while protecting and containing the active ingredients in an easy to apply material.

Pollinate Plus is an innovative Inert organic adhesive that easily applies and adheres to plants, stakes or trellis systems. In most cases the attractant is applied once a year right before pollination begins and release extends through the complete flowering seasons. For plants that bloom more than once growing season and/or for more than 6 weeks such as strawberries, raspberries, and tomatoes, the application should be repeated every 4-6 weeks for best results. Pollinate Plus uses a unique blend of attractants specific to the pollination period.

Research and Devlopment

Pollinate trials started over five years ago investigating natural base attractants to encourage honey bee pollination and foraging. Field trials were conducted using several types of applications and prototypes until it was discovered that using our current inert organic formulation dispensed from a cartridge offered almost 4 times the release rate of previous prototypes using a straw system. Release rates were conducted via an in-house mass loss rate (mg/day) using an air circulating environmental chamber. Release rates were conducted via an in-house mass loss rate (mg/day) using an air circulating environmental chamber.

During initial trials, the application rate was either 2 or 4 points of dispensing as compared to the control. Through our analysis and R&D improvements, the current version only requires 1 single point of dispensing to achieve the same result as published in the prior study, thus eliminating 75% of the application needed

Key Benefits of Pollinate Plus

  • Single application lasts 4-6 weeks
  • Will not wash off with rain or overhead cooling
  • Easy to apply
  • No mixing required
  • Increases both bee activity and yield
  • Environmentally safe
  • No cleaning of application equipment
  • No special timing requirements - 1 application prior to bloom

Pollinate Plus can be especially beneficial where the following conditions apply:

  1. An inadequate number of beehives are present
  2. Available hives have low bee populations
  3. Death of bees from pesticide misuse
  4. Cold, windy or overcast weather
  5. Competing crops or weeds are nearby
  6. Lack of adequate viable pollen
  7. Improved seed yield or quality is necessary
  8. Reduced incidence of hollow or mis-shapen crop is required