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Pollinators and Their Conservation: History, International Context and Canada's Role

Lecturer: Peter G. Kevan, Ph.D., of the University of Guelph
Date: April 30, 2008
Location: Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 38 min., 20 sec.

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Lecture Summary

Pollination is a crucial natural service. The importance of insect pollinators, especially bees, for food and fibre production can not be understated. For one out of every three bites of food, we can thank insect pollinators.

Pollinator biodiversity increases pollination effectiveness.
Pollinators—their abundance, species survival and diversity—are in jeopardy.

The reasons for pollinator decline are intensification of agriculture, pesticides, habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation, and pollinator diseases, parasites and other stressors.

Canada has been a leader in pollination research, development and protection. What we have achieved is recognized world-wide, as are our future plans through NSERC's Canadian Pollination Initiative and Canadian Pollinator Protection Initiative.


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