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USask hires pollen mater health researchers to identify the challenges faced by bees

The world is full of busy bees working hard to collect pollen, and Dr. Sarah Wood says illness, their reaction to pesticides, and how they produce crops. Decided to study whether to support.

Dr. Wood is the research chair of the newUniversity of SaskatchewanWestern Veterinary School.

She will focus on the health offood productionandpollen maters, who play an important role in agricultural sustainability.

"Bees alone pollinate two-thirds of the world's major food crops. Not only do they provide $ 5.5 billion worth of pollination services to Canadian agriculture each year. , Providing important services to our ecosystem, "says Dr. Wood.

Pollen maters succeed in plant growth and crop production through their daily work. Of all pollen maters, honeybees have the greatest impact on global crop production.

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One of the specific diseases they are studying is called European maggot disease, a bacterial disease.

"We are learning how the disease spreads between colony larvae and adult bees, and beekeepers are beekeepers to treat affected colonies. I'm also learning how to control my illness using home-prescribed antibiotics, "Dr. Wood said.

Funding has made Dr. Woods' position available through the next five years of funding.

  • Saskatchewan Beekeeper Development Commission – $ 250,000
  • BASF – $ 250,000
  • SaskCanola – $ 150,000
  • British Columbia Blueberry Council – $ 50,000
  • Manitoba Canola Growers – $ 50,000

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"Disseminating education and awareness about the value of pollen maters to our ecosystems and agriculture It's really exciting and I'm happy to be able to go to work every day, "Dr. Wood said.

This is the first veterinary college to conduct bee research and education programs in North America.

"We need to better understand the causes of pollen maters' deaths. Pollen maters are very important to our biodiversity and agriculture," said Gillian Muir of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine Dean. Says.

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The Dean of Western College was pleased to learn that Dr. Woods wanted to be part of it. say.

"She works in this area of ​​ecosystem health, and her willingness, interest, and her true passion for supporting agriculture really took this a step forward," Muir said. Said.

In 2015, Dr. Wood collaborated with two colleagues to set up a lab, and Wood's new position reserved the lab for future use.

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