Scoping innovations for improved strawberry pollination by commercial bumblebees using caffeine

Lead Research Organisation: University of Greenwich
Department Name: Natural Resources Institute, FES

Abstract

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Publications

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Description We identified market opportunities for a product in commercial Bombus nest boxes that would enhance the behaviour of commercial bees.
Exploitation Route This will infomr an exisiting proposal in preparation for the BBSRC-IPA award to commercial findings from another project.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink

 
Description Appearance on BBC All Over The Place CBBC TV 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Participated in a programme for CBBC and talked about Kew's and NRIs work on pollinators and bee diversity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description HRH Prince CHarles patron of Kew visit and engagement. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I met with Prince Charles to discuss Kew's work on pollinators and discuss rewilding schemes and the importance of pollinator diversity for food security covering all UKRI projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited lecture to IUmperial College London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk to Imperial College London (Silwood Park)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Kew Science Festival 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Kew science festival using various engagement tools to inform the public about the project and the conservation of pollinators for food security.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.kew.org/about-us/press-media/kew-science-festival-returns-for-2019
 
Description TED X talk Sex Drugs and Ecosystem Services 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
Immobility is a critical handicap for plants, particularly when it comes to defence and sexual reproduction: both fundamental functions for plant survival. Some plants use thorns or spiky leaves for defence but most deploy sophisticated plant-made chemical weapons that are distasteful or toxic to their enemies. Recent research has shown that plants use the same arsenal to enhance pollen transfer by drugging bees into being more devoted pollinators or filtering out the inefficient visitors by poisoning all but a few choice species. Can we employ these evolutionary plant adaptations to help overcome the problems of pollinator decline?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKiJphdczV4