Pollinators in the Press

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Articles about NSERC-CANPOLIN researchers and the Network, as well as pollinators and pollination, that appear in the news will be posted here! Click on the title of the news item to find out more. The stories will open in a new tab or window depending on your specific browser and settings.

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Les Shipp, Peter Kevan and NSERC-CANPOLIN: Predators and pollinators - Among Harrow projects is global warming’s potential impact on biocontrols, and the latest buzz (link)

NSERC-CANPOLIN: Pollinators and Plants - Theirs is a partnership that humans must protect, Portico Magazine, Summer 2010 (link)

Stephen Humphrey: Toronto Writer Suits Up as Apiarist U of G’s pollination research group invites a poet into their hive, At Guelph, May 2010 issue

Laurence Packer: The unbearable plight of beeness When a bug we rely on for so much is in trouble, so are we, Montreal Gazette, May 15, 2010 - a review of his new book "Keeping the Bees: Why all Bees are at Risk and What we can do to Save Them"

Ernesto Guzman: News @ Noon, discussing the issue of honeybee colony collapse disorder (link)

Ernesto Guzman: Discovery Channel's Daily Planet (video link)

Peter Kevan: "Using Pollination Research", The Grower, April 2010 (PDF)

Ernesto Guzman: "Prof Solves Bee Loss Mystery," University of Guelph News, March 3, 2010 (link)

Ernesto Guzman: "Finally, a suspect in bee decline", The Toronto Star, January 24, 2010. (link)

CANPOLIN: Some researchers from the Network appeared on CBC's The Nature of Things, January 7th, 2010. (link): To Bee or Not to Bee

CBC to bee or not to bee

CANPOLIN Peter Kevan: Guelph Portico Magazine, "Kevan gets Royal Society honours, heads national research network" January 2010 (PDF)

CANPOLIN UofG: At the University of Guelph, experts in bees and numbers are working together on studies of hive design, pollination webs and disease transmission, December 9, 2009. (link)

CANPOLIN Steve Pernal and Rob Currie: Buzzkill: Dire Outlook for Honeybees and the Consumers Who Depend on Them, AOL Environment News, November 20, 2009. (link)

CANPOLIN: New Research Network to Shed Light on Pollinator Decline, Hive Lights November, 2009. (PDF)

CANPOLIN: Bees play big role in food, article courtesy The Western Producer, October 8, 2009 (PDF)

Jeremy Kerr: Science puts malaria fight on the map, The Star, September 13, 2009 (link)

CANPOLIN: Where have all the bees gone? Septemeber 2009 The New Internationalist Magazine Issue 425. (link)

CANPOLIN: Official NSERC announcement of the Network. (link)

CANPOLIN: U of G Hub for Two $5-Million Research Networks. (link)(At Guelph article: PDF)

Peter Kevan: one of two University of Guelph professors who have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, considered Canada's senior academic honour. (link)(At Guelph article: PDF)

CANPOLIN: June 2009 New Research Network to Shed Light on Pollinator Decline, Entomological Society of Canada Bulletin, Volume 41 (2): 93-94. (PDF)

Laurence Packer and Gaham Forbes: We can't live without life support, The Daily Gleaner, June 30, 2009. (link)

Laurence Packer: Why biodiversity matters, Telegraph-Journal, June 20, 2009. (link)

Cory Sheffield: CBC Radio Maritime Noon with Costas Halavrezos, June 12, 2009. (Link - C. Sheffield interview) (8.78MB)

Peter Kevan: CBC Radio Maritime Noon with Laura Chapin, June 13, 2009. (link - P. Kevan interview) (6.39MB)

Elizabeth Elle: Bees' disappearance has biologists buzzing, interview with CTV British Columbia, May 16, 2009. (link)

Laurence Packer: Our bumblebees on the brink, NOW magazine. (link)

Peter Kevan conducted an interview with RCI Radio's The Link - the interview is at 26 minutes in part 2 from March 31st (be sure to select the second part of the program at the top of the page, 2009-03-31).

Laurence Packer and York University: Rogers, Theresa. "The Bee Keeper." Lab Business Spring 2009: 18-22. (link)

Peter Kevan: Savage, C. December, 2008. The Plight of the Bumblebee. Canadian Geographic. (PDF)



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Deptford Pink's Flintshire site sees 14-fold increase

August 30, 2010
BBC News
Wild flower experts have seen a 14-fold increase in an endangered plant at one of its few remaining Welsh locations. Deptford Pinks, classed as vulnerable to extinction, have gone from 23 sites, including Newport Docks last year.


Rare, ruby-tailed wasp discovered on Whitmoor Common

August 25, 2010
BBC News
A rare, ruby-tailed wasp has been discovered on a sandy public footpath at Whitmoor Common in Surrey. The female hedychrum niemelai wasp, which is a bright red and green metallic colour, was found by the Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT).


Bee Decline Equals Food Decline

August 16, 2010
Laboratory Equipment
In the last several years, beekeepers across the country have seen the overall number of pollinator bee colonies drop dramatically. By each winter's end, about 3 of every 10 colonies die out. The reasons are numerous, but many look at the use of pesticides as a main cause.


Farm Bill Makes Room for Pollinators

August 15, 2010
Kansas City Info Zine
The 2008 Farm Bill made pollinators and their habitat a conservation priority for every USDA land manager and conservationist. On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will conduct a training session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., providing an overview of pollinator-specific language within the Farm Bill and how to translate that language into on-the-ground conservation. A pollinator is a biotic agent, usually an insect, that moves from plant to plant, aiding in plant reproduction and growth.


Catch the buzz: Bee friendly garden opens at UC Davis

August 14, 2010
The Daily Democrat
Garden tours, hands-on demonstrations, educational speakers and children's activities will mark the grand opening celebration of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, Bee Biology Road, UC Davis.


The type of interaction between species might play a fundamental part in the stability of ecological communities

August 13, 2010
Phys Org
Elisa Thébault and Colin Fontaine, with a research carried out at Imperial College London, Wageninen University and the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, have shown that the network architectures which favor the stability of ecological communities differ between trophic webs (“who eats who”) and mutualistic webs (“who pollinates who”).


All the Buzz: Citizen Scientists Watch Bees on the High Line

August 12, 2010
The High Line is, as you may already know, the abandoned rail line on Manhattan’s West Side that’s been reinvented as an elevated park. When it was still in service, trains used the High Line to transport milk, meat, produce and other goods. The last train rolled down the line in 1980. But if you listen closely, there’s still cargo being carried. That buzzing sound you hear these days is Bombus impatiens, the Eastern Bumble Bee, and it’s collecting pollen from some flowering mountain mint that’s been planted here on the High Line. And it’s not alone.


Butterflies Shed Light on How Some Species Respond to Global Warming

August 9, 2010
Science Daily
With global warming and climate change making headlines nearly every day, it could be reassuring to know that some creatures might cope by gradually moving to new areas as their current ones become less hospitable. Nevertheless, natural relocation of species is not something that can be taken for granted, according to Jessica Hellmann, Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame Department of Biological Science in Notre Dame, Ind. By studying two species of butterfly, she and her team have found evidence suggesting that a number of genetic variables affect whether and how well a species will relocate.


Greenkeepers urged to establish pollinator schemes in the rough

August 6, 2010
Horticulture Week
Delegates at the Turf Science Live event in Bingley, Yorkshire, last week were talked through the benefits of transforming their roughs into pollinator schemes. The project started 10 years ago and has developed through various guises, such as the Buzz Project and Operation Bumblebee.


When Flowers Turn Up the Heat

August 6, 2010
Science Daily
Could a "hot" flower attract pollinators by serving as a reward in a plant-pollinator mutualism? Many flowering plants produce nectar and pollen as rewards in exchange for pollination services by insects and other animals. Interestingly, however, a few plants have flowers that also produce heat metabolically -- so what is the adaptive function of this flower heating?


Native pollinators: Key to sustainable fruit production?

August 6, 2010
Phys Org
As a group of students ogles wild flowers on a sunny day at the UW Arboretum, the blooming dotted mint, iron weed and black-eyed susans are certainly glorious. But these adult students are not concentrating on the flowers. Instead, they are focusing on the insects busily pollinating those blooms. Wasps. Flies. Beetles. And a dozen species of native bees, including several species of bumblebee.


Artificial Bee Eye Gives Insight Into Insects’ Visual World

August 6, 2010
Science Daily
Despite their tiny brains, bees have remarkable navigation capabilities based on their vision. Now scientists have recreated a light-weight imaging system mimicking a honeybee's field of view, which could change the way we build mobile robots and small flying vehicles.


Native Milkweed and Bellflower Sustain the Garden’s Bumblebees

August 6, 2010
Bangor Daily News
Every morning for the past week you could find me in the garden tickling blueberries for breakfast. Marjorie taught me the tickling method, the best way of harvesting each highbush blueberry at the peak of its sweetness. I cup my hand around a cluster of berries, only some of which are fully ripe, and wiggle my fingers. The berries ready to slip their connection with pedicel will do so; the others will be there tomorrow. As I tickle berries, I think about the bumblebees that pollinated blueberry flowers earlier in summer. I watched them move from one white bell-shaped blossom to another, and I thanked them in advance for the coming harvest.


Keeper of the hive

August 5, 2010
Local IQ Albuquerque
Sitting on her backyard porch, sipping a morning cup of coffee, Chantal Foster listens to the buzz of honey bees as they move in and out of their hive. It’s among her favorite things to do.


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