Impacts of parasites of pollinating insects on pollination

Bumblebees provide crucial pollination services to commercial crops and wild plants.

Bombus terrestris

Bombus terrestris

In a PhD project funded by the BBSRC and Berry Gardens Growers, we will aim to discover the implications of bumblebee parasites on bumblebee pollination performance in crops. Using a range of laboratory, semi-field and field experiments, the project will elucidate the impacts of native and emergent parasites on pollination services in strawberry crops and wildflowers, and suggest management strategies for growers to maximise yield and negate negative impacts of parasites.

Student: Callum Martin

Co-supervisor: Prof. Mark Brown, Royal Holloway University, London

Multi-trophic impacts on the supply of a key ecosystem service: economic and ecological impacts of parasites on pollination, in ‘Parasites, Social Insects, & Conservation’

 

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