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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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Stirling bee project wins top UK award

Septemebr 5, 2010
BBC News
A Stirling bumblebee project has been voted the UK's best environment project at the National Lottery Awards 2010. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, set up in 2006 with lottery funding, beat hundreds of projects to win the title.


The case of the vanishing taxonomists

September 3, 2010
The Globe and Mail
Just as our planet's organisms have begun dying off, the scientists who classify them have also begun to decline, and this could have dire implications.


New bee species found in downtown Toronto

September 1, 2010
Bees found in downtown Toronto and the Okanagan desert are among 19 new species discovered by a university graduate student while he was working on his PhD. Jason Gibbs found one species while walking up Brunswick Avenue to the Spadina subway station in Toronto one morning in the fall of 2006.


Plants sown at Caithness farms to attract bumblebees

September 1, 2010
BBC News
Plants favoured by the rare great yellow bumblebee have been sown at 11 farms in Caithness in an effort to boost its numbers. Money from Highland Council's Landfill Communities Fund was used to help set up the project.

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