Bees and other insects are crucially important, helping pollinate crops and support our wild ecosystems. The University of Reading is at the forefront of research into the decline of insect pollinators and understanding how valuable they are for crop production.
This lecture outlined current evidence on the status of pollinating insects in the UK and across the globe. The crucial role pollinators play for crop production was also explored, as well as ways we can help protect these iconic species for the important role they have providing vital ecosystem services.
Dr Mike Garratt, a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture Policy and Development, presente the latest research on pollinators and what we can do to help protect them.