Impacts of parasites of pollinating insects on pollination
Bumblebees provide crucial pollination services to commercial crops and wild plants.
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