Searching for solutions at the intersection of bee behaviour and floral biology Event as iCalendar

16 July 2018

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1, Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Host: SBS

Contact info: Anna Santure

Contact email: a.santure@auckland.ac.nz

Dr David Pattemore, Plant & Food Research, Ruakura, New Zealand, and School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland
Dr David Pattemore

Speaker: Dr David Pattemore, Plant & Food Research, Ruakura, New Zealand, and the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland


The growth of the honey industry in New Zealand is driving dramatic increases in hive numbers, but also limits the availability of hives for pollination of our rapidly expanding horticultural crops. Furthermore, the impact of honey bee colonies on native ecosystems is still poorly understood.

Using examples from his research into avocado and other crop pollination, along with recent work investigating the role of honey bees in spreading plant pathogens like myrtle rust, Dr David Pattemore aims to show how a deeper understanding of bee behaviour, floral biology and the ecology of pollination systems has the potential to provide solutions to these challenges.