Impacts of stressors on bee health

Theme: Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation

Primary Supervisor:

Mark Brown

School of Biological Sciences, RHUL

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Secondary Supervisor:

Seirian Sumner

Genetics, Evolution and Environment, UCL

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Project Description:

Bees provide key pollination services, with bumblebees being the major wild pollinators of both crops and wildflowers. Thus, the global decline of bumblebees is of major concern from the perspective of biodiversity and human health. This project will use a range of tools and methodologies to determine impacts of stressors (agrochemicals, nutrition, pathogens) on bumblebee health, and develop tools and policy-relevant evidence to reduce exposure of bumblebees to these stressors in the field. Our lab is a global leader in understanding and mitigating impacts of stressors on bumblebees, and we work closely with NGOs, national, and international policy-makers to achieve these aims. For further information on our work, please check out and

Policy Impact of Research:

This work will inform policy at national and international levels that aims to support pollinator populations in the field

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