Nigel Raine

School of Environmental Sciences professor Nigel Raine, holder of the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation, spoke about University of Guelph research focused on saving honeybees in a Toronto Star article June 26. The story, written by U of G research communications director Owen Roberts, notes progress is being made in reducing pesticide use that can kill honeybees, but said a primary challenge comes from blood-sucking varroa mites, which can kill the bees. Raine said U of G researchers are finding strategies to solve the problem, but said more can be done to protect honeybees. Raine studies pollinator conservation strategies, honeybees and neonicotinoids.