The Bee's Needs: How to Save the Worlds Pollinators

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The University of Reading is at the forefront of research into the decline of insect pollinators, understanding how valuable they are, and what we can do to protect them, and is hosting a public lecture on Wednesday 14th March 2018.

This lecture will focus on the latest evidence on the status of pollinating insects from across the globe based on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production.

Dr Michael Garratt, Senior Research Fellow in Agri-Environment at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development will be presenting the lecture, and has commented on the topic: "Bees and other insects are crucially important, helping pollinate crops and supporting our wild ecosystems however, they are under threat. Climate change, loss of habitat, agricultural intensification and pests and diseases all threaten these important creatures therefore we need to come up with solutions to do something about it."

Michael continued: "Reading has led a number of pollination projects on different crops including apples and strawberries, and we are working with farmers to ensure long-term sustainable production of the fruits and vegetables we all enjoy. During the lecture we will present the results from our research, demonstrating who the champion pollinators are, how much they are really worth and how we must work to protect them."

The lecture will provide an insight into the true diversity of bees and other pollinators and how they are doing across the world today. The crucial role that pollinators play for crop production in the UK will then be explored to understand how important to us they really are. Work that is currently being carried out by researchers and citizen scientist will also be discussed alongside how the general public can get involved in saving the worlds pollinators.

The lecture will start at 19:30, in room G11, at the Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus. Attendance is free, but booking is required. Visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/15/about/newsandevents/Events/Event749253.aspx to reserve your place.

 

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