Travel to Texas tech University to learn methods in analysis and isolation of pollen and royal jelly sterols.

Lead Research Organisation: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Department Name: Natural Capital and Plant Health


United States of America


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Description How to analyses sterols form plants species which has fed directly into the success of the Macronutrients diet of bees project - BB/P005276/1
Exploitation Route To support further analysis of sterols in plants particularly pollen.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment

Description Pollinator Advisory Steering Group - Defra
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Changes to land management and influencing implementation of UK gov ies to address land use change.
Description Darwin Inititative
Amount £290,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 21-012 
Organisation Government of the UK 
Department Department for International Development (DfID)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2018
Amount £224,560 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/P007589/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 04/2019
Description The macronutrient regulation of adult worker honeybees 
Organisation Newcastle University
Department Institute of Neuroscience
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-PI investigating the key nutritional components in honeybee natural diets for the development of a food supplement for commercial bees. Natural Products chemistry of pollen and nectar.
Collaborator Contribution PI of the BBSRC funded project BB/P005276/1 The macronutrient regulation of adult worker honeybees. Conducting bioassays.
Impact Egan, P.A., Stevenson, P.C., Wright, G.A., Boylan, F, Stout, J.C. (2016) Toxic nectar varies at multiple spatial scales and in response to plant invasion. Journal of Ecology. 104, 1106-1115 Tiedeken E-J., Egan, P.A., Stevenson, P.C., Wright, G.A., Brown, M.J.F., Power, E.F., Farrell., I., Matthews, S.M., Stout, J.C. (2016) Nectar chemistry modulates the impact of invasive plant species on native pollinators. Functional Ecology. 30, 885-893. Arnold, S.E.J., Stevenson, P.C. and Belmain, S.R. (2015) Responses to colour and host odour cues in three cereal pest species, in the context of ecology and control. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 105, 417-425. Oliver, C., Softley, S., Williamson, S., Stevenson P. C.; Wright, G.A. (2015) Sodium channel activators have subtle effects on the motor function, grooming and wing fanning behaviour of honeybees (Apis mellifera). PLoS One. 10, e0133733. Mkenda P.A., Stevenson, P.C., Ndakidemi, P., Farman, D.I. and Belmain, S.R. (2015) Contact and fumigant toxicity of five pesticidal plants against Callosobruchus maculatus in stored cowpea (Vigna unguiculata). International Journal of Tropical Pest Management, 35, 172-184. Mkenda, P., Mwanauta, R., Stevenson, P.C. Ndakidemi, P., Mtei, K., and Belmain, S.R. (2015) Field margin weeds provide economically viable and environmentally benign pest control compared to synthetic pesticides, PLoS One. 10, e0143530 Wright, G.A., S. Shafir, S. W. Nicolson, P. C. Stevenson. UK Priority Patent no. P030809GB. A pollen substitute for bees. Filed 16 Nov 2015. Teideken, E-J, Stout, J.C, Egan, P., Stevenson, P.C., Wright G.A. (2014) Bumblebees are not deterred by ecologically relevant concentrations of nectar toxins. The Journal of Experimental Biology. 217, 1620-1635. Arnold S.E.J. Peralta Idrovo, M.E., Lomas Arias, L.J., Belmain, S.R., Stevenson, P.C. (2014). Herbivore Defence Compounds Occur in Pollen and Reduce Bumblebee Colony Fitness. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 40 (8), 878-881. D. Marlin, S. W. Nicolson, A.A. Yusuf, P.C. Stevenson, H.M. Heyman, K. Krüger (2014). The only African wild tobacco, Nicotiana africana: alkaloid content and the effect of herbivory, PLoS One, 9 (7), e102661. Hurst, V., Stevenson P.C., Wright,G.A. (2014). Toxic compounds induce characteristic malaise behaviours in the honeybee. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: 200 (10), 881-890.  Wright, G. A., Baker, D., Palmer, M. J., Stabler, D., Mustard, J.D., Power, E., Borland, A. M., and Stevenson, P. C. (2013) Caffeine in floral nectar enhances a pollinator's memory of reward. Science, 339: 1202-1204. Vanbergen, AJ, Baude, M., Biesmeijer, J.C., Britton, N.F., Brown, M.J.F., Brown, M., Bryden, J., Budge, G.E., Bull, J.C., Carvell, C.C., Challinor, A.J., Connolly, C.N., Evans, D.J., Feil, E.J., Garratt, M.P., Greco,M.K., Heard, M.S., Jansen, V.A.A., Keeling, M.J., Kunin W.E., Marris, G.C. Memmott, J., Murray, J.T., Nicolson,S.W., Osborne, J.L., Paxton, R.J., Pirk, C.W.W., Polce, C., Potts, S.G., Priest, N.K., Raine, N.E., Rushton, S.P., Ryabov, E.V., Shafir, S. Shirley, M.D.F., Simpson, S.J., Smart, S.M., Stevenson, P.C., Stone, G.N., Termansen, M., Wright, G.A., (2013) Threats to an ecosystem service: multifactorial pressures on insect pollinators. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11 (5): 251-259.
Start Year 2007