What is CANPOLIN? NSERC-CANPOLIN is a five-year NSERC Strategic Network that is addressing the growing problem of pollinator decline in agricultural and natural ecosystems in Canada. NSERC-CANPOLIN offers an exciting and unique approach to pollination research. For the first time, leading experts in entomology, ecology, plant reproductive biology, genomics, prediction and economics have joined forces to explore the full scope of the pollination problem – from pollinator health and conservation to gene flow in plants, the impact of climate change and the economics of pollination.

The diversity and abundance of insect pollinators are in a global state of decline. This decline represents a serious threat to the integrity of natural ecosystems and the production of many crops. Both managed pollinators (e.g., honey bees, leafcutter bees, bumble bees) and wild pollinators (e.g., numerous native bees, flower flies, moths, etc.) are suffering from a range of threats, including diseases, pesticide exposure, malnutition, habitat loss and climate change.

In order to protect the vital ecological and agricultural services that insect pollinators provide, a better understanding of pollinators, the plants that they serve, and how environmental factors influence pollination systems is urgently needed. NSERC-CANPOLIN is a multidisciplinary research network that brings a unique, integrative approach to the pollination problem in Canada. The Network is truly national in scope, bringing together 44 researchers from 26 institutions across the country. Research activities fall under four themes (Pollinators, Plants, Ecosystems, and Prediction and Economics), with extensive connections between themes.

Over the five-year life of the Network, NSERC-CANPOLIN will make major contributions to the conservation of pollinator and plant biodiversity, improve the health of managed bees, enhance pollination by native pollinators and increase our knowledge of flower/pollinator interactions and gene flow in plants. The Network will also provide critical information on the economic aspects of pollination and future management needs based on expected changes in climate and land use. Ultimately, the information gained by the Network will provide policy makers and the wider public with the necessary tools to better protect and conserve some of Canada’s most important natural resources.


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