New funds for UK bee research

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A new £1m grant has been awarded to two UK research centres to investigate the decline of honeybee populations.

Falling numbers of bees and ‘colony collapse disorder’ have caused consternation about food supplies, since bees perform an important role in pollinating crops.

Academic consensus is now that the reasons are complex and manifold. The new funding, from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in partnership with Syngenta, will allow scientists at Rothamsted Research and Warwick University to advance current knowledge.

The team will use a combination of fieldwork and computer modeling to look at bee behaviour outside the hive while looking for food, and factors within the hive. The aim is to build up a model to see how bees may respond to changes in the farming landscape.

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