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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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CANPOLIN in the News
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  • CANPOLIN 2010
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Erika Nardone, Peter Kevan: U of G studying space bees: Could pollinators do their job away from earth? Say you had a greenhouse on Mars. Would you also have bumblebees there as well? Writen by our writer in residence Stephen Humphrey

James Thomson, a University of Toronto researcher who is also a member of NSERC-CANPOLIN (Working Group 2), has published the results of a 17 year research study exploring pollination and fruiting success of the glacier lily, Erythronium grandiflorum, in Colorado. The novel study is the first of its kind to show a deterioration in pollinators over a longer time frame. The original journal article can be found here at the Philosophical Transactions B website (link to article abstract).

English Media Coverage:
- The Ecologist = Bees stung by 'climate change-linked' early pollination. Climate change may be causing flowers to open before bees emerge from hibernation leading to declines in pollination, new research suggests. (link)
- Wired Science = Dropping bee pollination levels linked to climate change. (link)
- CBC Canada = Climate change tied to bee pollination decline. (link)
- Ottawa Citizen = Plants missing bees' buzz, Lack of insects or bad timing hurting crops, flowers: study. (link)
- Winnipeg Free Press = Decline in bee pollination linked to climate change in new Canadian study. (link)
- Telegraph UK = Bee decline already having dramatic effect on pollination of plants. A decline in bees and global warming are having a damaging effect on the pollination of plants, new research claims. (link)
- The Mirror UK = Bee loss caused by climate change may hit plants. (link)
- The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia = Climate Change affecting Bees. (link)
- About.com = Scientists Abuzz Over Link Between Climate Change and Declining Bee Pollination (link)
- The Hindu = Climate change may lead to decline in bee pollination. (link)
- Softpedia = Climate Change Affects Bee Pollination in Canada. (link)

Other Language Media Articles:
- Europa Press = [Spanish] Confirman la reducción en la polinización de las abejas. (link)
- Presstext Austria = [German] Pflanzenbestäubung leidet am Klimawandel, Kurzer Frühling bringt Blüte und Insekten aus dem Gleichgewicht. (link)
- Scinexx = [German] Erste Defizite in der Pflanzenbestäubung durch Bienenschwund, Klimawandel desynchronisiert zeitliche Rhythmen von Blüte und Insektenaktivität. (link)

Almuhanad Melhim, Paul Kelly & Laurence Packer: September 13, 2010. Buzz Kill. Canadian Business Magazine (PDF)

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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Bees among pollinators infected by virus implicated in CCD

December 30, 2010
Western Farm Press
Penn State researchers have found that native pollinators, like wild bees and wasps, are infected by the same viral diseases as honey bees and that these viruses are transmitted via pollen. This multi-institutional study provides new insights into viral infections in native pollinators, suggesting that viral diseases may be key factors impacting pollinator populations.


Honeybees May Be Spreading Disease to Wild Bees

December 27, 2010
Wired Science
Eleven species of wild pollinators in the United States have turned up carrying some of the viruses known to menace domestic honeybees, possibly picked up via flower pollen. Most of these native pollinators haven’t been recorded with honeybee viruses before, according to Diana Cox-Foster of Pennsylvania State University in University Park. The new analysis raises the specter of diseases swapping around readily among domestic and wild pollinators, Cox-Foster and her colleagues report online Dec. 22 in PLoS ONE.


A new use for 200-year-old pressed plants

December 23, 2010
Science Line
Ecologists are looking to herbaria, the world’s historical libraries of preserved plants, to see how plants are reacting to global warming. If you’ve ever pressed a local wildflower in the pages of the family dictionary, you’ve taken part in a long and venerable tradition. Generations of scientists and amateur wildlife enthusiasts have collected plants, fungi, and algae and mounted them onto sheets of paper to preserve them. Many of these sheets now serve as historical records in vast archives called herbaria. [...] Shifts in flowering times are important because they have a ripple effect on all of the species that depend on a plant. For example, pollinating animals rely on regular springtime flowering to know when to arrive at a flower patch to drink nectar. Climate change could lead to a missed connection between plant and pollinator that’s detrimental to both.


Major suspects for bee colony collapse disorder –namely insect viruses– are widespread among pollinating insects in general

December 23, 2010
GMOs have been blamed by anti-GM activists for bee colony collapse disorder. But there are other likely explanations for bee colony losses — including viruses that affect insects, and which spread in pollen. Consider this news on the topic: Movement and threat of RNA viruses widespread in pollinator community. Penn State researchers have found that native pollinators, like wild bees and wasps, are infected by the same viral diseases as honey bees and that these viruses are transmitted via pollen. Their research published on December 22nd in PLoS ONE, an online open-access journal for the communication of all peer-reviewed scientific and medical research.


Kids' bee study published in science journal

December 22, 2010
CBC News
A scientific paper written by British schoolchildren about bees' ability to recognize colour patterns and spatial characteristics has appeared in a prominent journal. The paper, published Wednesday in Biology Letters, includes handwritten data tables and coloured-pencil diagrams.


The Beekeeper Next Door

December 8, 2010
NY Times
MIKE BARRETT does not have much of a yard at his two-story row house in Astoria, Queens. But that fact has not kept him from his new hobby of beekeeping — he put the hive on his roof. When it was harvest time this fall, he just tied ropes around each of the two honey-filled boxes in the hive, and lowered them to the ground.


Where have all the flowers gone?

December 3, 2010
Ullmann, a pollination ecologist seeking a master's degree in entomology at the University of California, Davis, wants to enhance floral resources for honey bees and native bees in agricultural landscapes.



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