The recent population declines in pollinator species, such as bees, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies pose a threat to food security and ultimately have human health implications.
Insects pollinate 80% of European plant species and are estimated to provide hundreds of millions of pounds worth of services for the UK economy. There is clear evidence showing declines in multiple insect pollinator species, as well as corresponding declines in the plant species that rely on them. Our understanding of pollinator systems is developing rapidly and investigations are being conducted into monitoring these losses, assessing the potential causes and possible methods of mitigation. This seminar will discuss these new developments in pollinator research and consider future directions.