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Art Woods, Marty Martin
Why are bee populations declining? How can we reliably monitor insect populations when many are so cryptic? And what steps can we take to ensure that populations remain viable?
In this episode, we talk with Dave Goulson, a professor of biology at the University of Sussex. Dave studies the ecology and conservation of insects, particularly bumblebees, and he is the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Bumblebees and wild bees provide pollination services for over 50% of the food we consume—so ensuring their long-term viability is critical to our food security. Dave says that bees and other insects face many challenges, especially from neonicotinoid insecticides and from protozoan diseases and ectoparasites. We talk with Dave about the effects of anthropogenic stressors and the rapid action needed from individuals, farmers, policymakers, and governments to help maintain healthy bee populations.
Cover photo by Pieter Haringsma
Length of Episode
58 minutes, 31 seconds
Digital File Format
Woods, Art and Martin, Marty, "Episode 056: Bee Kind: The Buzz on Global Insect Decline" (2021). BigBiology Podcasts. 57.