U of G Researcher Talks to CityNews About Stressors on Bees

a photo of bees in a hive

Wild honey bees (University of Guelph)

U of G post-doctoral researcher Alana Pindar appeared on CityNews, discussing the challenges faced by Canada’s nearly 900 wild bee species and the critical role they play in food production.

Unpredictable weather patterns are among the factors that native pollinators and managed honeybees and their beekeepers are struggling with, said Pindar.

Post-doctoral researcher Alana Pindar

“We can’t say that in particular one environmental stressor is impacting everything the same way,” she told CityNews, adding that much work needs to be done to determine the best way to safeguard bees.

Pindar’s current research investigates the impacts of global change on wild bees – in particular, how stressors interact and which play the most significant roles in affecting wild bee populations.

She is a researcher in U of G’s Nigel Raine Lab. Prof. Nigel Raine, School of Environmental Sciences, is a global leader in animal behaviour, pollination ecology and pollinator conservation.