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A GROWING PASSION: Beneficial Insects

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Host Nan Sterman counts pollinators with a young group of Citizen Scientists ...

Credit: Courtesy of AGP Productions (c)2016

Above: Host Nan Sterman counts pollinators with a young group of Citizen Scientists at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.

What's so bad about bugs?

Some may cause problems but the majority of bugs play important roles in nature, pollinating plants, preying on pathogens, aerating the soil and more.

On this episode, we explore the world of "good bugs" by visiting the pollinator garden at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum where children count bugs as part of a nation wide assessment of pollinators.

Nan visits an insectary (bug farm) in Ventura that grows "good bugs" to combat the "bad bugs"; a seed company in Salinas, California that uses flies in their breeding programs; and a researcher at UC Riverside who traveled the world to find the "good bugs" that prey on insects that carry citrus greening disease, a disease that threatens California's entire citrus industry.

Photo credit: Courtesy of AGP Productions (c)2016

Kyra Rude shows Host Nan Sterman how Rincon-Vitrova Insectary grows the lindorus beetle, a beneficial predator to insect scale, on banana squash in the episode "Beneficial Insects."

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Episodes of A GROWING PASSION will be available for streaming on demand following the broadcast. All past seasons are available on demand now.

A GROWING PASSION: Beneficial Insects

Explore the world of "good bugs" on this episode of A GROWING PASSION.

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About The Series:

From earth-friendly and water-wise gardens to organic foods and habitat restoration, San Diegans demand options that protect our health, feed our communities and protect our natural resources. Hosted by Nan Sterman, A GROWING PASSION explores backyard food production, major horticultural growers, low-water landscapes and sustainable practices around the home and in the garden.

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