Climate change and pesticides: molecular and physiological processes underpinning pollinator responses to stress.

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Sch of Biosciences


In the last decades, unusual rates of pollinator losses have been recorded all over the world, threatening both food security and biodiversity.
A primary driver of pollinator decline at temperate latitudes is climate change. In combination, bees are exposed to increasing quantities and different cocktails of pesticides. Unfortunately, we currently have a very poor understanding of how pesticide exposure might influence insect responses to climate change or other environmental stressors.
Recently, omic-technologies have been employed to enhance the understanding of molecular processes involved in organism responses to a variety of environmental stressors however few studies have considered how multiple stressors interact. This project will employ state-of-the-art physiological and molecular techniques to investigate how a key UK pollinator, Bombus terrestris, responds to combined stress events, and the impact on survival/tolerance thresholds.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
BB/M01116X/1 01/10/2015 30/09/2023
2097734 Studentship BB/M01116X/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2022 Giulia Bellisai